Starting today, Kolkata Police’s enforcement branch will start visiting some of the biggest wholesale and retail markets in the city. Their brief is to check the prices of vegetables that have gone through the roof over the past one or two weeks. Authorities suspect hoarding could also be one of the reasons behind the spiralling of prices. The prices of vegetables have almost doubled over the past few days.
quoted Rabindranath Koley, general secretary of the West Bengal Forum of Traders’ Organisation and a member of the government taskforce, as saying: “The prices of most of the vegetables have shot up. For some, like potatoes, the price has almost doubled. Last year around this time, potatoes used to sell at Rs 14 – Rs 15 per kilo. No it is selling at Rs 27 – Rs 28 per kilo. A few days ago it had shot up to Rs 30 per kilo.”
“The surprise raids will start from around 8:00 and will continue over the next two to three days. We would be primarily checking the prices of potatoes as they have gone up drastically over the past few days. There would be four members in each team,” said a member of the inspection team.
[ Rs 100 = €1.10 ]