Drive against price hike, black marketing in Ukhrul markets

The surprise check was conducted by a team of the Tangkhul Leihsak Long (TLL), also called the ‘Tangkhul Trade and Commerce Council’,  at markets in Ukhrul town area on Wednesday.


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Several items with expired dates and with no details of manufacturing dates are found sold in the markets of Ukhrul district headquarters during a surprise check conducted by a trade monitoring body.

The surprise check was conducted by a team of the Tangkhul Leihsak Long (TLL), also called the ‘Tangkhul Trade and Commerce Council’,  at markets in Ukhrul town area on Wednesday. They found items with expired dates and details of manufacturing dates missing being sold in several shops.

Speaking to the Imphal Free Press, TLL president Peacemoon Zimik gave a detailed observation found in shops of Ukhrul town amid reports of hoarding and high price charged by the shopkeepers.

Zimik pointed out that the prices of goods especially that of essential items varied from shop to shop. “The price of cooking oil price varies from one shop to another, and the rate will be discussed as an agenda during the TLL general assembly which will be held on Saturday at Ukhrul Town Hall,” he said.

The TLL president also said that goods stocks are available in godown.

“Certain non- essential items are not available in small shops but were found in some major godowns when TLL conducted the fact-finding activities,” he said.

Stressing that the monitoring body will always work for the welfare of the consumers, the TLL appealed to the people in the district not to resort to panic buying

It assured that it would play its due role and attend to their needs by ensuring that commercial shops do not resort to black marketing.

“The right to healthy food, to avoid price hike, avoid black marketing and against hoarding of goods is the main priority,” he said, urging the public to give suggestions on the given rates in the market.

TLL will also work towards strengthening community economy by protecting, promoting and encouraging local resources and businesses, he said.

TLL had served summon letters to certain shopkeepers in connection with the issue by keeping with the stand of the monitoring body towards ensuring quality products in the market.

As per the observation of the body, the prices of essential items in the town were found being sold at the following rates: dal 1 kg Rs 90; cooking oil (1ltr) Rs 150-160; cooking oil (750/800ml) - Rs 140-150; superfine rice Rs 1000-1150; chicken feed per bag Rs 2400-2450; sugar 1kg- Rs 50; onion 1kg- Rs 40-50; garlic 1kg- Rs 140-150, Ngahei fish 1kg- Rs 180-200 and Rahu fish 1kg-Rs 200.

The surprise check was conducted by TLL action committee wing and executive members.

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First Published:April 22, 2021, 5:03 p.m.

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