Govt Cracks Down On Black Market Of Essential Commodities

Govt Cracks Down On Black Market Of Essential Commodities

19 November 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Sumit Hakhoo

Jammu: Following growing resentment among people, the government has finally woken up to curb black marketing and profiteering of essential commodities in Jammu district and surrounding areas. The Divisional Commissioner has constituted market checking teams to identify the hoarders and deal with them sternly. The administration has directed that the profit on vegetables and fruits being sold in retail market should not be more than 40 per cent of the wholesale rates (price at which produce is brought from farmers) and any complaint of excess charging should be reported to officials. A high-level meeting, which was chaired by Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu, also discussed issues pertaining to effective implementation of control on price rise, which has become a talking point in the entire state. Deputy Commissioner Ajeet Sahu has been asked to ensure control on price rise of vegetables, fruits and milk in adjoining areas of Jammu district. Sources said there was general bitterness against the role of administration, particularly the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department, which had failed to act against the traders and retailers, particularly dealing in vegetables and fruits, who were charging at will from people. “Price checking is a priority and stern action will be taken against the people who are violating the rules. Hoarding and black marketing will never be tolerated and anyone found indulging in such practice would be dealt with sternly,” said Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu. He said coordination between various agencies was needed to control the prices and identify the profiteers. Though consumer rights groups have been raising the voice of common man, but so far government has not intervened in controlling the prices with people accusing officials of ignoring their complaints. “We can understand the increase in prices of onions and tomatoes, but J&K is producer of other green vegetables and prices should be affordable for the public,” said Vikram Gour, president, Consumer Welfare Association (CWA), who attended the meeting. Check on profiteers Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu has constituted market checking teams to identify the hoarders and deal with them sternly The administration has directed that the profit on vegetables and fruits being sold in retail market should not be more than 40 per cent of the wholesale rates and any complaint of excess charging should be reported to officials Deputy Commissioner Ajeet Sahu has been asked to ensure control on price rise of vegetables, fruits and milk in adjoining areas of Jammu district