In view of the present prevailing scarcity of vegetables in the markets due to the lockdown, the Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Government of Assam has arranged to sell vegetables in seven designated points in Guwahati from March 27th, 2020 onwards.
The officers, attached with each van to oversee the selling activity, have been directed to ensure proper maintenance of social distancing among the staff and customers.
The vans will be stationed at – Sixmile, Ulubari, Ganeshguri, Fancy Bazar, Narengi, Maligaon and Silpukhuri.
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On the other hand, the Assam government has fixed the timing of operation for wholesalers to make essential items like medicines, grocery items, fruits, vegetables and milk accessible to the people during the 21-day coronavirus lockdown.
As per the instructions, the timing of operation for wholesalers of the above mentioned items has been fixed from 8 am to 4 pm and for retailers from 8 am to 7 pm.
“Social distancing is to be ensured in each establishment with proper sanitization facility,” read a government notification.
On the other hand, the grocery section of shopping malls and departmental stores in Kamrup Metropolitan (M) district of Assam are exempted from the lockdown process with effect from March 26th, 2020.
Only five persons will be allowed to enter the shop at a time and the management will have to strictly maintain social distancing.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held discussion with representatives of the Kamrup Chambers of Commerce and Wholesale Marketing Board for Vegetables at Janata Bhawan on March 25th, 2020 in the wake of 21-day lockdown declared in the country as preventive measure to deal with coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Chief Minister urged the trader bodies to take adequate steps for control of prices so that common people do not have to suffer.
He also agreed to depute an officer of the Food & Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to coordinate with the Chamber of Commerce to deal with issues regarding availability of stock and settling other issues.
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