Bhubaneswar, March 15 (Local Wire): The state government has now decided to go tough against erring shopkeepers who are either indulged in hoarding masks and sanitizers or selling it at prices above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP).
The state government and other enforcing agencies in Odisha have now cautioned traders to shun such unfair practices otherwise they are likely to face the music soon. Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary with the Odisha government who is briefing the media on Coronavirus said that these commodities have now come under the price monitoring mechanism under the Essential Commodity Act and violating its norms will put the traders in trouble now.
“In the wake of the Coronavirus menace masks, sanitisers have now come under the Essential Commodity Act with the intervention of the Union government which means the pricing control mechanism will be in action for this. If anybody sells it above MRP or hoards it they will be liable for persecution,” Sharma told reporters.
On the other hand, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Choudhary said that their special teams are keeping a watch on the chemist shops and other establishments who are selling the products through their outlets.
“Our teams which are also working with the police will keep an eye on illegal hoarding of masks and sanitizers and take action against hoarders. Such erring traders found indulged in black marketing and unfair practices will be persecuted,” he said.