Guwahati: Ranjeet Kumar Das, Assam Minister of Food civil supplies and Consumer Affairs should listen to the cries of local farmers and their plights. The government should look deep into the issues face by civilians due to price hike.
This is not the first time the government has formed a task force to look into the price hike in essential commodities. Government formed task forces earlier as well, and however, the outcomes seem void and blurry.
Minister Ranjeet Das has caught the attention of headlines for the formation of a task force to check the hike in price. Government instructed the officials to monitor the markets daily and ensure that prices of important commodities are maintained under control.
They have been asked to submit a report to the Deputy Commissioner/Sub-divisional office to Director, Food Civil Supplies Consumer Affairs through emails of allocated areas, including checking purchase cash memos of the dealers/traders and wholesalers per the announcement.
All the directions and initiatives taken by the government through a special panel seem fine. But, what is not fine with the state is the underlying mess of local farmers. How they shut their mouths off and abide by the rules of selling vegetables and other grown products.
What are these rules exactly known as?
No, these are not legal rules for business. Rather, certain middle-men form these rules. Have you ever heard about the inclusion of brokers in the buying and selling of land? If you know ”brokers” for land, you will also understand ”middle-men” in the business of essential commodities.
Local farmers sell their products at an average price to the sellers. The same product travels districts. Sellers sell them at a much higher price. You might think of considering the transportation charges. But that is even less when added.
For instance, a farmer sells vegetables to a seller, transporting them to the other districts for business. Sellers sell the vegetables at Rs. 80 at other districts. However, farmers only receive an amount of Rs.15 from the sale.
In reverse, the local farmers hardly receive any amount from the profit earned from the sale. Where does the profit go?
As per sources, even in 2020, the government made task forces look into the price hike. It’s 2021, and yet another task force. Will the government earnestly bring some changes into the matter or simply keep forming task forces year after year?
In November 2020, the government fixed the prices of vegetables. How come within a few months, another task force came into existence? The formation of task forces again and again only shows the present government’s failure in maintaining stability.
This will help the state if the government looks into the hidden issues associated with the issues faced by the state’s farmers and common people due to price hikes.