The Bengal government is intent on writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask for federal intervention to reduce the price of potato and onions.
Blaming the federal government for the steep hike in prices of essential commodities, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today alleged that the prices were rising as the Centre has snatched away the state’s power.
“Earlier, we used to monitor the prices wherein steps were taken whenever prices rose but as that power has been snatched away from us the potato prices are revolving around Rs 34 to 42. We will ask the Centre to either restore us the power to monitor the prices or control the situation themselves, otherwise common people could die of hunger. Centre’s law allowing barrier-free trade of the agricultural product has led to hoarding resulting in the price hike. We have already said that the law is anti-people. In the current Covid situation when unemployment is on the rise in the country, such law has created a pandemic situation in the market,” said Miss Banerjee.
She said that state would conduct a survey to take stock of the hoarding of commodities as well as monitor the inter-state borders.
Earlier, potato traders in West Bengal have blamed the recent amendment to the Essential Commodities Act by the Centre for a rise in prices of the tuber in retail markets as it allows barrier-free trade of the agricultural product.