To control the skyrocketing price of the essential commodities the senior officials of the Task Force along with the district police conducted raid at Dinbazar market in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 16 had given a strict order to the members of the Task Force to take necessary steps to bring down the difference between the price of essential goods in whole sale and retail markets, following which many steps were taken by the agriculture marketing department.
In the meeting the Chief Minister asked the ministers of the various departments to keep a tab on the situation and check the price rice. Tapan Dasgupta, the agriculture marketing minister, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, the food procurement and horticulture minister, Jyotipriya Mullick, the state Food and Supplies minister, Chandranath Sinha, the fisheries department minister and Purnendu Basu, the state agriculture minister were present in the meeting along with the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary.
The senior members of the Task Force visited every stall in Jalpaiguri and asked about the price of all the commodities. They also asked the sellers to control the price of vegetables. They also examined the weights that were used by the sellers and also checked the certificates whether they were all right. As the price of various items like potatoes and other vegetables has been sky rocketing the people were to buy these items at a high price. To bring the price under control as the drive was initiated. The task force members also visited the fish market as well and inquired about the prices of various fishes.
Some local vegetable sellers have complained to the Task Force members that a huge quantity of potatoes has been kept at different cold storages. If they were supplied to the market the price of the potatoes would have gone down. The members of the task force and made a note of this issue and assured the shop owners that the raids would be conducted.
A senior official of the Task Force who visited the market said that the price of the vegetables was comparatively low but the price of potatoes is a matter of worry. He also said that the sellers were being instructed to decrease the price of potatoes as a huge amount of potatoes were stored in cold storage. If anybody flouts the instruction action should be taken against them.