Indian federal government urged to fix prices of fruits and vegetables

A consumer body has urged chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to form committees at district and local body levels to help consumers get vegetables, fruits and essential commodities at nominal prices. This would put an end to fleecing by traders and hoarders during the lockdown period, it said.

It stressed that this would be instrumental in ensuring social distancing as people will avoid going to other localities in search vegetables and fruits at nominal prices .

"On one side, farmers are sharing videos in distress, explaining hardships faced by them as traders are offering very less price for their produce. On the other side, the prices of many essential commodities are skyrocketing and are pinching the pockets of consumers," says A. Sankar executive director of Empower Centre for Consumer and Environment Education, Research and Advocacy that has written to the CM.

"These committees should comprise officials from agriculture, horticulture, agricultural marketing and food safety and standards act department and officials from local bodies like corporation, municipality, town panchayat and panchayat union to check hoarding and their price every day. They can also check and ensure availability of vegetables and fruits so that people need not travel to other places in search of it," he told

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