A day after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out on the Centre over skyrocketing vegetable costs, the Kolkata police stepped up vigil in markets throughout town to check hoarding of potatoes and onions.
Banerjee on Thursday stated she would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to management the price of potatoes and onions which have gone by way of the roof within the festive season.
“Prices of potato and onion have shot up alarmingly. I would write a letter to the Prime Minister to either give us the powers to control the prices or the Centre should control them. The new Act has snatched the state’s powers. It is unfortunate and alarming that the neither the Centre is being able to manage the prices nor is it allowing the state to do so,” Banerjee stated on Thursday.
Parliament in September handed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act to decontrol commodities resembling cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes.
The chief minister has requested the police to check whether or not a bit of merchants had been hoarding greens which may have led to their spike in costs.
On Friday, 4 groups of the police’s enforcement department began inspecting markets.
While the price of potatoes within the native markets has touched Rs40 per kilo, onion is promoting at Rs80 per kilo. The potato costs vary from round Rs20-25 per kilo, whereas the costs of onions range between Rs 40 and Rs 45 per kilo.
“Even though inspection of markets is a round the year process, we have stepped up our vigil to check any kind of hoarding which may lead to price rise,” stated a police officer.