Agartala, Nov 15 : With the sudden hike of vegetable prices in local markets, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb advised civil supplies department to check the retail market and regulate the whole sale market to edible items for bringing control of price inflation.
According to sources, sky rocketing prices of locally grown agricultural produces has been reported to Chief Minister recently and he reportedly sought explanation from the officials on the situation besides, personally verifying the price situation of the retail market especially vegetable produces.
While addressing a gathering organised to celebrate Cooperative Week here yesterday along with Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Pranajit Singharoy, Deb asked the civil supplies department to initiate inquiry against middlemen working in the retail market who do not pay the due price to the farmers and cheating the consumers.
“The middlemen culture is grown due to improper intervention of the government for long time. No democratically elected government can bypass their responsibility saying the market is run by private individuals. There is enough scope of intervention in the process of trade and regulate the market for the benefit of both producers and consumers,” Deb pointed out.
Most of the vegetable items are grown locally by the farmers but they cannot able to reach in the retail market. They have been selling their produces at marginal profit in the wholesale market but when the same produces brought to retail market in a short while the price become double and triple due the involvement of middlemen in the process, which needs to be erased, Chief Minister opined.
“Appropriate steps should be taken against the people who are intentionally hiking the prices of vegetables and consumer items. There are some opportunists who are interfering between the producer and the trader leading to excessive hike in the prices of retail market. This practice has to be stopped immediately,” he stated and added his government is very serious about it. (UNI)