Guwahati: Amid soaring prices of fruits and vegetables in the Kamrup (Metro) district, Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu today informed that the Supply department's inspectors have been tasked with finding out the reason behind the inflated prices, based on which further steps will be taken.
"We have asked all the inspectors of the supply department to go to the fields and find out the cause behind the rising prices in the district. If the prices are rising at the source, we do not have an option. However, if we find that unscrupulous traders are raising the prices exorbitantly on their whims, action would be initiated against these wholesalers and retailers for jacking up the prices," Pegu told media persons in Guwahati earlier today.
Pegu also informed that the inspection inspectors of the Supply Department will give a report on why the prices are rising by today evening. "We will take further action based on their report," he added.
"During the lockdown period, we fixed the prices of vegetables and gave the vegetables away at discounted rates; at some point, we might have to resort to something similar if things continue in the same vein," Pegu added.
The DC's has come amid reports of rising prices of common commodities in the market. While potatoes are being sold at the rate of Rs 35 to Rs 40 per kg, onions are priced at Rs 40 per kg in the markets, these days.
The situation is no different in case of other vegetables, which are all being sold at astronomical rates. The vendors have been selling most of the vegetables at around Rs 80 per kg. Meanwhile, some of the common vegetables such as french beans are being sold at around Rs. 200 per kilo.