Wholesale vendors take advantage of lockdown, hike price of essential commodities
Mukkam: Taking advantage of the nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak, wholesale vendors here have increased the price of essential commodities. It is reported that essential commodities including rice are being sold by increasing the price Rs 2 per kilo.
Though government has warned of strict action against overpriced sale of products, the vendors are continuing to sell products at high prices.
On Wednesday, there was no stock of sugar in most of the shops in Mukkam. Meanwhile, the shops which had the stock, sold sugar at Rs 39 per kilo. As per market rates, a kilo of sugar costs only Rs 36.5. As there is a shortage of stock, retail sellers also started to sell sugar at Rs 39.
The price hike will affect the large number of underprivileged people who are jobless following the lockdown.
It is observed that many vendors are exploiting the present situation by creating panic of food scarcity and increasing the price of essential commodities.
Rice which is priced at Rs 28 is being sold for Rs 30 per kilo. The price hike in urban areas will automatically lead to a price hike in rural areas. Thousands of people will be affected by this price hike.
Retail sellers and the public are demanding strict action from the state government and civil supplies department against this illegal price hike.