To check traders from selling essential commodities at price exceeding DMC prescribed rate, the staff of Rate Control, Dimapur Municipal Council on Wednesday conducted a surprise checking on August 18 and caught three traders selling cabbage and other vegetable items at high rate at New Market.
The three were identified as Abdul, resident of Naga Gaon, Kishor and Sagar both resident of Dhobinala were later handed over to police.
DMC advisor in-charge of rate control, Atovi Zhimomi stated that traders were creating artificial scarcity of vegetables especially cabbage, chilly and tomato and taking advantage of the situation, sold the vegetables at exorbitant price, far higher than the rate prescribed by DMC.
He further informed that on grievance expressed by wholesale dealers of cabbage, chilly and tomato, the DMC held a meeting with the wholesalers and revised the rate of cabbage (Rs. 7 per kg for wholesale and Rs. 9 per kg for retail), chilly (Rs. 30 per kg for wholesale and Rs. 35 per kg for retail) and tomato (Rs. 20 per kg for wholesale and Rs. 24 per kg for retail).
But despite the revision of the rate traders continued to dupe the public by charging exorbitant rate. He warned that strict action would be initiated against traders not adhering to DMC prescribed rate.
It may be mentioned that on Monday, DMC staff seized more than 550 kg of chilly at New Market which the traders were trying to sell at more than Rs. 100 per kilogram. The seized chilly was later auctioned off by DMC.