Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rates of essential items released: Zero tolerance against any act of over-charging, black marketing, hoarding by traders

Wholesalers, retailers & fish vendors asked to display rate of essential commodities
Stringent legal action to be initiated against violators

Port Blair, Apr 21: The Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has been working relentlessly to ensure the availability of Essential Commodities at reasonable rate without any scope for malpractice by any retailer/wholesaler/vendor during the Lockdown declared by the Government of India to prevent the outburst of the COVID -19.
In pursuance of the directions issued by the Govt. of India and under the provisions of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, the Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has decided to fix the upper limit of prices of Essential Goods with a view to safeguard the interest of the consumers in the UT of A&N Islands. Accordingly, the maximum wholesale/retail rates fixed are as under:

RATE OF AGRO-HORTICULTURE PRODUCTS
RATE OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES
Sl. No
Vegetable
Retail Rate per KG
Sl. No
Item
Brand & variety
Retail Price
(In Rs.)
Wholesale Price (in Rs)
1
Onion
40
1
Rice
Andhra Ponni
41
37
2
Potato
40
Ponni Raw
66
60
3
Tomato
60
Ponni Boiled
57
52
4
Cabbage
80
Raw Rice
40
35
5
Green Chilly
200
2
Wheat
1 Kg
42
38
6
Pumpkin
60
3
Atta
Ashirwad
57
52
7
Beet root
80
Local
55
48
8
Carrot
100
4
Gram Dhal

79
72
9
Bottle gourd
80
5
Tur Dhal
Chennai
110
100
10
Bringal
80
Special Quality
122
115
11
Ladies Finger
80
6
Moong Dhal
Quality 1
147
134
12
Cauliflower
120
Quality 2
120
113
13
Beans
120
7
Urad Dhal
Quality 1
138
128
14
Khera
60
Quality 2
130
120
15
Ginger
280
8
Masur Dhal
Quality 1
89
81
16
Garlic
280
9
Sugar
1Kg
53
48
17
Lobiya
80
10
Gur/Jaggery
1Kg
80
73
18
Kundru
80
11
White Mutter
1Kg
78
73
19
Drumstick
120
20
Turai
80
21
Pottal
90
22
Karela
100
23
Chichinda
70
24
Leafy Vegetable
40

Similarly, Fisheries Department has also fixed the maximum selling price for various types of fishes in the UT for bringing uniformity in selling prices, which was published in The Daily Telegrams on 13.04.2020.
All the wholesalers, retailers & fish vendors have been directed to display the rates of Essential Commodities in their shops/premises in a conspicuous manner for the information of the general public and shall not sell any of the Essential Commodities beyond the rates fixed by the Administration. A vigorous Enforcement Drive is being carried out by this Department in the open market to achieve zero tolerance against any act of over-charging, black marketing, hoarding, etc. If any wholesaler/retailer/vendor is found indulging in any kind of malpractice then stringent legal action without any excuse shall be initiated against them as per the various provisions under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 as well as the Legal Metrology Act, 2009. It is also to bring to the notice of all concerned that the offences under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 are Criminal Offences and shall result in imprisonment of 7 years or fine or both. Offenders shall also be detained under the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
All the Consumers have been advised to inform any malpractice by any person/shop/establishment directly to the Director (CS&CA) via text message only on mobile number 9434266828. The same can also be brought to the notice of the Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in writing or over Toll Free No. 18003453197 or Telephone No. 03192-234062.

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