In a bid to keep close vigil on  black marketing, hoarding, and price inflation of essential commodities, during the COVID-19 crisis, necessary steps are being taken by the Haryana Government.

May 22, 2020
  • Chandigarh, May 22– In a bid to keep close vigil on  black marketing, hoarding, and price inflation of essential commodities, during the COVID-19 crisis, necessary steps are being taken by the Haryana Government.
  •          While tightening the noose around wholesalers and retail vendors committing irregularities, 763 challans have been issued and 21 criminal cases have registered and so far 5223 raids have been conducted to keep a check on those selling the essential commodities above MRP.
  • Sharing more information, a spokesman of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said that the State Government is closely monitoring the situation. He said that the steps being taken by State Government have been lauded by the Central Government during the review meeting and other States have been asked to emulate the strategy adopted by Haryana, considering it as ideal.
  • He informed that close monitoring of wholesale and retail rates, availability and supply of 25 essential commodities are being done on a daily basis by the department officers to ensure that hoarding, black marketing, and price hike can be kept under control in the State. The rates of essential commodities such as lentils, sugar, salt, wheat, flour, potatoes, and onions, etc. have been fixed by the Deputy Commissioners in their respective districts and various directions have been issued to all the shopkeepers for displaying the rate list outside their shops so  that they cannot charge the consumers above the fixed MRP. He said that wide publicity has been done in this regard at the district level.
  • The spokesman said that the concerned District Administration and Food and Supplies Department has constituted various teams to ensure the availability and sale of face masks and hand sanitizers at fixed rates. So far, the teams have checked the records of about 1353 drug wholesalers and 11697 retail chemists.
  • He said that Haryana Government through various wholesalers is making all possible efforts to ensure adequate availability and uninterrupted supply of essential commodities in open markets of the State. Presently, there is no shortage of domestic gas (LPG) in the State and home delivery of LPG cylinders is being ensured by gas agencies. Petrol and diesel is available in adequate quantity, he added.