N. Manoharan, who runs a night food stall on road side near the New Integrated Bus Stand here, is deeply concerned about the prevailing prices of commodities. The profit from his stall has come down drastically in the recent months due to the spiralling prices. Though the prices of groceries have increased manifold, he is not able to increase the rate of food items he sells at the stall, fearing the loss of customers, who mainly belong to low and middle income groups. If the prices of food items are increased, they will not come to eat in my shop. It will affect my livelihood, he points out.
The price of a kg of rice has increased from Rs. 15 to Rs. 22. The prices of dal, oil, and vegetables have also gone up. But I am not able increase the rate of a dosa. I still sell it for Rs. 3.50, he says.
The margin of profit has come down drastically. Even if the stall witnesses good sales, we are not able to get the revenue we once earned. We hardly get Rs. 5, 000 a month, he says. His family of 6 today finds it extremely difficult to face the daily ordeal of life.