Staff Reporter

Directive emerges from the meeting chaired by the Collector

Essential commodities being sold at Rythu bazaars

Penal action will be imposed against those jacking up prices, says Collector

Kakinada: Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi instructed the officials concerned to make alternative arrangements for transportation of fertilizers to prevent disruption in their supply to farmers, in view of the ongoing truckers strike. He ordered that special vehicles be arranged at the factory premises of Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (NFCL), Coromandel Fertilizers Limited and at Kakinada port and Dwarapudi railway stations to offload the stocks of fertilizers and distribution to dealers.

Addressing a review meeting on the supply of fertilizers and availability of essential commodities, at his office here on Sunday, Mr. Dwivedi said the officials of Agriculture, Revenue and Transport Departments have to swing into action to ensure uninterrupted supply of fertilizers. The Joint Director of Agriculture would be acting as the nodal officer for this purpose.

Mr. Dwivedi said rice, edible oils, kerosene and red gram were being sold through 780 ration shops in the district and there was no impact of the truckers’ strike on them for the time being. Adequate stocks were made available in the Rythu bazars as well.

The situation was being regularly monitored to facilitate penal action against those resorting to hoarding and jacking up of prices.

Earlier, the Collector took strong objection to the absence of Kakinada port officials and asked the Joint Director of Agriculture T. Nandaiah to send a report in this regard to the Commissioner of Agriculture. He felt that the cooperation of port authorities was indispensable for smooth supply of fertilizers and also in the import of food grains.

Joint Collector K. Sasidhar, additional SP A.V. Ranganath, District Revenue Officer M. Mohan Raju, RDOs G.C. Kishore Kumar, Jitendra and K. Nataraj and other officials took part.