Bhubaneswar, Aug 11 (LocalWire): Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain has now claimed that the decision of the central government to amend a law has weakened the power of state on stabilization of prices.
In an interview given to a local English daily, the minister said that with the Union government amending the Essential Commodity Act, the power of the state to control prices have become weaker.
“As you are aware that the Union government has amended the Essential Commodity Act (ECA) which has kept these items out of the purview of ECA except in exceptional cases.
States do not have much power to control the prices using the conventional methods,” he said in the interview.
He also said that he would try to find out ways to address the issue.
The minister said that he had received some reports of hike in vegetable prices in some areas but the prices of food grains, he said could not seen a spike due to a well supplied market.