Kolkata Police’s enforcement department would begin visiting a few of the greatest wholesale and retail markets within the metropolis from Thursday to examine the costs of greens which have gone by the roof over the previous one or two weeks. Authorities suspect hoarding is also one of many causes behind the spiralling of costs.
“We’ve shaped 4 groups which might fan out in 4 instructions and go to a few of the greatest wholesale and retail markets within the metropolis to examine the costs of greens. The groups are anticipated to begin visiting the markets from round 7:30 am on Thursday. These could be shock visits,” mentioned a senior official of the enforcement department.
The costs of greens have virtually doubled over the previous few days. That is pinching the pockets of the residents who’re already at a loss with the pandemic.
“The costs of a lot of the greens have shot up. For some, like potatoes, the worth has virtually doubled. Final yr round this time, potatoes used to promote at Rs 14 – Rs 15 per kilo. No it’s promoting at Rs 27 – Rs 28 per kilo. A number of days in the past it had shot as much as Rs 30 per kilo,” mentioned Rabindranath Koley, normal secretary of the West Bengal Discussion board of Merchants’ Organisation and a member of the federal government taskforce.
He mentioned that whereas on one hand cyclone Amphan and the heavy rains throughout the monsoon have broken a number of crops which have led to cost rise; alleged hoarding of potatoes in chilly storages have additionally led to a spike in costs.
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“The shock raids will begin from round 8:00 and can proceed over the subsequent two to 3 days. We’d be primarily checking the costs of potatoes as they’ve gone up drastically over the previous few days. There could be 4 members in every workforce,” mentioned a member of the workforce which might be visiting a few of the greatest wholesale and retail markets in north and central Kolkata.
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That is, nonetheless, not the primary time that the EB officers are conducting such raids within the metropolis markets. Earlier, too, such shock visits have been made leading to a drop in costs.
“The police come and ask us to cut back the promoting worth. However what can we do if the worth at which we buy the gadgets is excessive? The federal government ought to examine the costs with middlemen who carry the gadgets to the cities and the wholesale markets,” mentioned Nitai Das, a vegetable vendor in a market in east Kolkata.