4 potato sellers held for selling potato at higher price in Durgapur

Yesterday, Burdwan district administration nabbed four local vendors in Andal and Panagarh near Durgapur, who were selling potato at a much higher price than the state prescribe rate. Bengal state government has fixed the price of potato in the state at Rs 13 per Kg.

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Mrs Rakhi Biswas, BDO, Kanksa received a complaint yesterday morning that the local vendors were selling potato at Rs 18 per kg in Panagarh market and Rs 17 in Gopalpur. Accompanied by OC, Kanksa PS, Mr Biswajit Mukherjee, the district officials raided the market and seized nearly six tons of potato. Two vendors were booked.

In Andal and Khandra local markets, police held three vendors for selling potato at Rs 18 per kg.

Earlier on 26 October, police had intercepted Sunil Rai, a broker, of Jharkhand’s Deoghar PS area and a driver, Ajay Singh, of Karam PS area in Jharkhand who were trafficking 15 MT of potato from a cold storage in Burdwan.

The SP, Burdwan, Mr S M H Meerza said: “We continued raids in different locations for five days and prevented illegal trafficking of potato. Besides we had warned the cold storage owners not to sell potato to the brokers on 27 October.”

The district administration has beefed up surveillance.

State government has in a recent order prohibited inter-state export of potato to regulate the unexpected hike in prices of the commodity.

However this decision has not only been widely criticized by potato traders across Bengal but has also made the tuber go beyond the reach of common people in states of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and the entire north-east. Prices have touched the roof in most of these states with people in Assam buying a kilo of potatoes at Rs 45. Traders say that in the last three days, price of the tuber in these states has appreciated by 30%-100%.

Mamata Banerjee’s decision to stop movement of potatoes from the state has made the tuber go beyond the reach of common people in states of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and the entire north-east. Prices have touched the roof in most of these states with people in Assam buying a kilo of potatoes at Rs 45. Traders say that in the last two days, price of the tuber in these states has appreciated by 30%-100%.

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