Examine prices of essential commodities in open market
Efforts on to bring fine rice price down to Rs. 18 per kilogram
Officials to hold talks with millers who are wholesale suppliers
SANGAREDDY: As part making efforts to reduce the soaring prices of essential commodities, Collector Peeyush Kumar, Superintendent of Police Mohd. Iqbal, Joint Collector Ram Shankar Naik and other senior officials here on Monday visited different parts of the town to examine the prices in the open market.
They also enquired with the traders and millers about the availability of rice in the market and its quality. It was found that the superfine quality of rice would be available in the market at the rate of Rs. 22 per kilogram and fine rice at Rs. 20. The effort is to bring it down to Rs. 18 per kilogram. The district officials have decided to hold discussions with millers in Nalgonda district who are the wholesale suppliers.
As part of the effort, millers counters are being opened at 12 places where the rice would sold at Rs. 18 per kg and each card holder would be supplied with five kg of rice. As far as rice hoarding was concerned, it was decided to auction the stock in open market whenever it was caught. Traders and millers were directed to maintain permissible stock only.
Regarding vegetables, it was observed that the cost of tomato and carrot was abnormally high. As far as tomato was concerned it was decided to import the vegetable from Kurnool district. “We will speak with the concerned officials in Kurnool and get truck load which can be sent across the district,” said Joint Collector Ram Shankar Naik.
As far as gas supply was concerned the Joint Collector admitted that there was some problem with the dealer and it would be set right with in few days. He also said that it would take some more time to open new gas dealership in the town.
Mahabubnagar Correspondent adds: Joint Collector Mrs. Kristina who made surprise inspection to some grain shops in the town on Monday asked the shop dealers to sell the superfine sona masuri rice for Rs.20 a kg and second grade sona masuri rice at Rs.17 a kg.
She asked the shop owners to display a board showing the prices of food grains. She also asked them to supply rice to all ration cardholders up to 5 kg each. She said a register should be maintained pertaining to the sales of rice, ration card numbers and signature of the consumer she also checked the weights and measures in the shops. Shop keepers were told to obtain required licenses with in 24 hours otherwise their shops would be seized.
Joint Collector also instructed the concerned officials to take all steps to ensure proper supply of rice to the people at the prescribed rates. She warned the shop owners that serious action would be taken against the persons indulged in illegal sales.
District supply officer Kumar Babu, RDO Satish Chandra, DM civil supplies Karunakar, Tahasildhar Narsi Reddy and others accompanied the Joint Collector.