AMSU, MSF and AMMSO issued separate press statements saying that some traders/shopkeepers are indulging unethical practices by selling stocked items at very high prices amid extremely difficult situation due to devastating covid second wave
Students’ bodies in Manipur have decided to conduct drives to check whether grocery and other basic commodities are selling at exorbitant rates.
All Manipur Students’ Union(AMSU), Manipur Students’ Federation(MSF), All Manipur Muslim Students’ Organisation (AMMSO) issued separate press statements saying that some traders are allegedly indulging unethical practices by selling stocked items at very high prices amid extremely difficult situation people are facing due to devastating second wave of covid 19.
Restrictions, including closure of main markets at Imphal, are imposed by the state government as measures to prevent devastating second wave of covid 19. Exploiting the situation, some traders are selling basic items at exorbitant rates adding woes to the already suffering public, they said.
They urged the Government to take up immediate actions against such traders and shopkeepers.
MSF has released three helpline numbers 8787604146, 9863259448 and 9366657948 and urged the people to inform if any shop found selling items at the prices higher than those fixed by the government.
Criticizing the unethical practices indulged by traders/shopkeepers when the people had hardly recovered from the suffering of the yearlong lockdown, they said because of the selfish motives of such businessmen, the public are again put to extreme misery.
AMSU in a statement said, the increase in price of commodities whenever any issue grips the state has become a regular phenomenon. The Government also seems to take no cognizance of the issue, it added.
The Government has not taken up any step to regulate the price of products during such issues, as the Chamber of Commerce, the agency which is supposed to work towards regulating price of commodities has also become an idle agency, alleged AMSU.
AMSU advised all the shops to have a price list of all the commodities sold in their respective shop on display permanently at a visible place and appealed the public to cooperate with the student body in their campaign to monitor the prices of goods.