Panic buying of essential commodities in Kohima

Panic buying of essential commodities in Kohima
People throng a market place in Kohima on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/23/2020 12:27:37 PM IST

Public of Kohima have gone into panic-buying mode following the State government’s order on closure of all markets on Monday. Panic buying of essential commodities from grocery and vegetable shops started since Monday. By Tuesday noon, there were artificial shortages especially of vegetables. With stocks sold out, all the grocery and vegetables shops shut down by 12.30 pm though these were exempted from the closure order.

Meanwhile, Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has appealed to the public not to resort to panic buying due to lockdown announced by the state government. It also directed the trading community to comply with directives of the State government besides requesting the public to exercise caution while shopping by maintaining “social distancing”.

KCCI said it had directed workers and vendors of all exempted shops and outlets like gas stations, pharmacies, grocery shops, fruits and vegetables , bakeries and confectioneries to use face masks and to keep hand sanitizers, water and soap in their premises.

It also requested public to purchase normal quantity of food grains and other essential commodities rather than resorting to bulk purchases. It also asked public not to harass or threaten traders in case of non-availability of commodities. This would only lead to unwarranted situation. Further it asked its members not to entertain excess procurement by buyers.

Assuring the public that food grains and other essential commodities were in sufficient stock and to be made available, KCCI asked traders to charge only as per MRP and not to take advantage of the situation. It also informed public to contact-- 9436016529, 9402471997, 9436845163 and 9612886255 for any queries or grievances.

KMC seizes TL of trader

Taking serious note of artificial price hike and hoarding of essential commodities, Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) during surprise checking seized the Trade License of one trader in Kohima Monday.

According to KMC, the trader was caught selling essential commodities at higher rate. In this regard, KMC has warned all grocery/shops selling essential commodities to desist from hiking prices and also warned of stringent action against defaulters.


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