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Odishatv Bureau

 

Berhampur: A day after Odisha Government imposed stock holding limits on potatoes; district administration along with Civil Supplies department officials today conducted raids at different potato godowns in Berhampur.

The raids were carried out in Desi Behera Sahi area and the wholesale market of Bada Bazaar after the officials were informed that these godowns were illegally hoarding potatoes.

The sub-collector and the Civil Supplies department officials were present at the spot during the raids.

"We have raided to know at what rate potatoes are being sold to consumers. Hoarders, black-marketers and profiteers will not be allowed to function," said Civil Supplies department official, Ashok Kumar Mohanty.

Mohanty also said that the wholesalers are bound to provide a price-list to local vendors.

"Everyday these wholesalers must provide a price-list to the local vendors otherwise we will not allow them to sell potatoes in their shops," added Mohanty.

Earlier, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department secretary, Vir Vikram Yadav, in a letter, had asked all district Collectors and Civil Supplies officials to keep a close watch on supply of potatoes in the market and ensure availability of the same to consumers at a reasonable price. The Collectors have also been asked to take action against hoarders and unscrupulous traders under provisions of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

 

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