Mukul expresses concern over spike in prices of essential items

SHILLONG, Apr 8: The leader of opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly, Dr Mukul Sangma on Friday has expressed concern over the hike in prices of essential commodities in the wake of the lockdown to combat COVID-19.

In a letter to the state Chief Secretary, M. S. Rao, the leader of opposition said that the spike in price of the essential commodities, particularly rice, is a matter of serious concern.

“Poor families with limited cash in hand do not have money anymore and it is difficult to quantify such families in distress across the state,” he said.

Dr Sangma also said that the MLAs’ sincere attempt to distribute rice out of the limited earmarked amount from SRWP is also confronted by non availability of rice in the godowns of whole sale dealers/stockists and escalated pricing in the market.

“It will be appropriate; therefore, if the assistance announced by the centre of providing of 5kg of rice per person for 3 months and 1 kg of pulses per household can be implemented immediately,” he said.

Dr Sangma also said that inputs also indicate that the demand-supply gap of rice can be addressed to reasonable extent if milling of rice in Assam, in rice mills which were shut down, is allowed to resume with appropriate precautionary measures. The same may be taken up with the counterpart.

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