People throng grocery shops to buy garlic at Rs 200/Kg
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, November 25 2016:
With many of the essential commodities running out of stock at most of the wholesale dealers of Khwairamband Keithel, large groups of people were seen thronging whichever grocery shops that still have some stocks of food items.
Even though garlic was sold at Rs 200 per Kg, many people were prepared to pay whatever price demanded by shopkeepers provided they get a handful of onions.
Grocery shops located along BT Road underneath the BT Flyover were so overcrowded that it caused traffic problems in the surrounding areas.
Most of the people who were standing in long queues to buy potato, onion and garlic were hoteliers.
One woman who was standing in one such serpentine queue told The Sangai Express that the adverse impacts of the UNC's economic blockade had been multiplied manifold by demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
In other parts of the country, people stand in queues in front of banks, ATM booths and post offices but in Manipur, people have to stand in long queues for long hours in front of shops as well as oil pumps in addition to banks, ATM booths and post offices.
People now find it hard to procure essential food items even though they are ready to pay exorbitant prices, said the woman.
She further decried that the Government has been acting as a silent spectator when all sections of people have been reeling under extreme misery.
In the meantime, many wholesale dealers including grocery stores have shut down as their stocks have run out completely.