Kolkata, Nov 15 :Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made it clear that the State
Government will take strong action against all those selling vegetables at exorbitant prices." Many sellers are selling at prices up to four times that at which they are buying from farmers. We have spoken to the sellers’ associations and chambers of commerce to correct this aberration in the next few days, " she stated.
" The cyclone has caused devastation for sure, but vegetables are grown all over the State. So we will be able to tide over the difficult situation. Only onions are a problem. The Centre imports onions. The Centre had an agreement with our organisation, NAFED to supply onions at Rs 25 per kg. But the Centre is violating that agreement, "
Ms Banerjee remarked.
" Potatoes are harvested in January. Since there have been unseasonal rains, farmers are taking out potatoes from storage and selling at Rs 13 to 14 per kg, " she said and added, " But in open market some sellers are taking up unscrupulous means to sell it at much higher rates. We will take up measures to stop this."
" For cauliflowers and cabbages, we are making arrangements to pick up in trucks directly from the fields and sell, " she informed.
Ms Banerjee hoped the supply situation would become normal in seven to eight days. Till then she has instructed the police to keep a strict watch so that sellers don’t over-charge. (UNI)