WSYF derides malpractice by traders
Dimapur, June 1 (EMN): Western Sumi Youth Front (WSYF) has expressed concern over malpractices by many traders who have resorted to selling various essential commodities at an inflated price by taking advantage of the lockdown thereby making the poor public to pay heavy price.
It has cited instances in which the price of mustard oil (Neeraj), which used to be INR 100 per litre, is now sold at INR 140 per litre. Likewise, it stated that mustard oil (Engine), which was INR 130 per litre, is sold at INR 180 per litre, while rice (Parimol), which was INR 900 per bag, is sold at INR 1170 per bag, rice (Nice), which was INR 1200 per bag, is sold at INR 1450 per bag, and Naga dal, which was INR 50-60 per kg, is sold at INR 90 per kg.
A WSYF’s statement through its media cell also claimed that all other commodities like potato, dal, egg etc are being sold at exorbitant rates.
“The fact that the inflation of almost all commodities is taking place despite strict directive by government authorities and business bodies shows utter disregard to the authorities that issued such directives,” WSYF stated. It has also questioned the authorities if it has deployed any mechanism to check prices of essential commodities in the market besides issuing the directives.
WSYF, therefore, urged the Dimapur district administration and Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) to step in and regulate the prices of all essential commodities and enforce the sale of each item at the correct price before June 11. It cautioned that failure to regulate and enforce the correct price would compel the WSYF to deploy its volunteers to check such inflation, purely in the interest of the suffering public.