‘Don’t panic, ample supply of essential commodities in Delhi’

January 11th, 2009 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) Avoid panic stocking of essential commodities or you may end up shelling out more money. According to the Market Produce Committee in Delhi, there is enough stock of all essential items to meet the demand in the national capital. “The truckers strike has not affected the supply and prices of fruits and vegetables at all. People should avoid panic buying as some opportunistic retailers may go for black-marketing,” Rajkumar Bhatia, member of the Azadpur Market Produce Committee, told IANS Sunday.

Over six million trucks under the banner of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) went off the roads Monday demanding a reduction of at least Rs.10 a litre in prices of diesel, a 35 percent cut in prices of tyres and a uniform value-added tax across the states.

“The outflow and inflow of fruits and vegetables to the northern region and Uttar Pradesh has not been affected. Only the outflow of perishable fruits to the southern and western states has been affected as the traders there refused to bear the transportation risk,” Bhatia added.

Union Surface Transport Minister T.R. Baalu has called a meeting with his state-level counterparts here Monday to find ways to end the impasse.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has already invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) in a bid to maintain the supply of essential items. It has also advised traders against panic stocking and black marketing of essential commodities.

The retail vegetable and fruit outlets in the capital are also selling the items at normal prices.

“The strike is of no significance to us. We are getting vegetables and fruits at normal rates and we are selling them at usual prices,” said Pawan Kumar, a fruit seller in east Delhi.

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