Drive launched against price hike
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, November 15 2016:
Kangleipak Commercial Affairs Association has begun a drive of checking shops and business establishments which are selling commodities at higher prices taking advantage of the ongoing economic blockade.
Speaking to the press at IPSA office at Keishamthong Aheibam Leikai, Laishram Ratan, convenor of the association said, "A team of the association organised a drive at various parts of Imphal and came across many essential commodities, including petrol, being sold at very high prices.
Shopkeepers were found selling potatoes for Rs 35 per Kg against the normal rate of Rs 20 per Kg, onions at Rs 45 against the normal Rs 25 per Kg, garlic at Rs 150 against the normal Rs 120 and petrol at Rs 250 per litre against the normal Rs 68" .
He pointed out that around 30 Kgs of potatoes, 5 bags of onion, 5 bags of garlic and around seven litres of petrol were confiscated during the drive.
"If any shopkeepers are found selling goods at extremely high prices, they will have to bear the consequences", he warned.
"Tomorrow, the association will distribute the confiscated items to the people according to their normal market prices at Shamu Makhong, Khwairamband Keithel.
The money received after distributing the items will be returned back to the respective shopkeepers", Ratan said.