Minister inspects shops in Chala

TAKING STOCK: Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran inspecting a shop in the Chala market in the city on Wednesday.  

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Price control cells to be set up at district Collectorates

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government has decided to set up price control cells at all district Collectorates in a bid to hold the price of essential commodities.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran announced this on Wednesday after a surprise inspection of shops in the Chala market.

The operation was carried out following complaints about the spiralling price of essential commodities. The Minister was accompanied by officials of the Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology departments and the Additional District Magistrate.

The inspection team found that most shops were not displaying the price list or the status of stocks. Many of the outlets were also not issuing bills to consumers. The inspection revealed that shops in the market were extracting different prices for the same commodity.

Legal action would be taken against traders fleecing the public. Similar raids would be conducted in all the districts, said the Minister.

Supplyco outlets across the State were maintaining the same price level for the past three months. The Government had issued directions to slash the price of certain commodities, he added.

Mr. Divakaran appealed to the traders to cooperate with the Government's efforts to control the prices of essential goods.

He said District Collectors had been directed to enforce the Essential Commodities Act.