Bhopal : Rising prices of daily commodity such as pulses forced the district administration to take cognitive steps resulting in rounding up of hoarders and confiscation of huge stocks of pulses from the central region of India, with particular reference to cities like Ratlam, Neemuch and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, as a consequence after state government imposed control order on pulses in Madhya Pradesh due to spiraling prices. The state government declared that wholesalers could stock pulses up to 2000 quintals in cities with over 10 lakh population. The order came after skyrocketing price of pulses. In Bhopal, Tuar dal traded at almost as high as Rs 197/kg in the retail market.
District administration sprung into action and conducted raids in many establishments which wrer hoarding pulses in the cities of Bhopal, Neemuch and Ratlam on Sunday and seized large amounts of pulses from their godowns and business establishments. In Bhopal itself, raids were conducted on establishments of six suppliers of pulses, from where 2100 quintals of pulses were confiscated from a mill and around 18.10 quintal pulses was seized from a mart, from raids done at late midnight of Saturday, and carried forward to Sunday.
District Food Controller in-charge, Vivek Saxena confirmed – after Madhya Pradesh Essential Commodities Trade Stock Limit and Restriction of Hoarding order 2015, we have raided at six places. At two places, we found pulses more than limit. We have seized the pulses. He further added that raids would continue to dissuade illegal hoarding of pulses.
Neemuch and Ratlam district administration conducted search operations at pulse godowns and seized large quantity of hoarded pulses on Sunday. From Neemuch, they seized 774 quintals of pulses stocked by two traders, while in Ratlam, the team confiscated 503 quintals of pulses from seven godowns.
Flustered with this swift action taken by government agencies, traders began to raise slogans and registered their protest against the order. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) state president Vivek Sahu said, ‘This order will promote inspector raj in the state. The prices have increased nation-wide and it’s not a local problem. Now, traders will have to face trouble. The condition of trade will deteriorate.’
The recent raids have brought some relief to the consumers and it is expected to clamp down rising pulses’ prices in the short term, and would thereby make way for a stable priced retail trade in the medium to long term time period.