Jammu: In an apparent move to check the rampant price rise of essential commodities, state government on Saturday announced that it would set a limit for holding ration stock in the depots.
“To control the price rise, we are mulling to pull up the hoarders by fixing a stock holding limit at all the government depots across the state,” consumer affairs and public distribution minister, Choudhary Zulfiqar Ali, told reporters.
He said that in order to put a check on the rampant price rise and aberrant rates of the essential commodities they have fixed the stock limits on various daily use items.
“Consumers are being charged at exorbitant and irregular rates within the same state as per the will of the retailers and vendors, which amounts to duping,” he said and added that the CAPD Directorates of Jammu and Kashmir have been directed to ensure that no dealer in the state can stock onion more than 600 quintal, pulses stock more than 1200 quintals and edible oils more than 2200 liters.
“It is surprising to see the divide between demand and supply rate, as some dealers hoard huge amount of essential commodities and later sell it on exorbitant rates, which the customer has to bear,” he said and maintained that due to hoarders, the rates of onion, pulses and edible oils within the state vary. He said the sudden rise in the prices of essential commodities is because of the fact that businessmen in Jammu and Kashmir fix rates watching TV hoardings and profiteering, while some of them maintain the stock of eatables beyond the permissible limit.
Expressing concerns over the confirmed cases of dengue in the state, Zulfiqar said that after Delhi, some people have been tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir, which is quite worrying. He said that doctors at private clinics are charging arbitrarily.
“On the receipt of complaints in this connection, we have issued directions that no government hospital or private clinic would charge patients more than Rs 1860 for the entire investigation of Dengue,” he said and added that the violators would be punished under law.
“To ensure compliance of the directions, special squads have been constituted, so that orders are being strictly adhered,” he said. Zulfiqar further said that as per CAPD order number 104 dated September 18, 2015, the government has imposed ban on the sale and stocking of Ambuja cement across the state as the company was charging at three different rates in Pathankot, Jammu and Srinagar.