Assam trade

Assam, 4th November: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal met the trade bodies on Wednesday,  regarding the control of the rise in the price of the essential commodities. He even tweeted, appealing to everyone in the state to work as a team.

Multiple organizations including the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), staged a massive protest over the rise in the prices of essential commodities. There is a hike in the prices of commodities like potatoes and onions that have been recently excluded from the list of essential commodities.

Slogans have been raised against the food and civil supply minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking no steps in controlling the rising prices of potatoes, onions, and other vegetables in the city. “The government departments have failed and the CM Sonowal-led government is being an onlooker of the price hike. This will never be acceptable,” added AGSU general secretary Tutumoni Choudhury.

The KMSS Dibrugarh district general secretary Hemanta Konwar said, “Ever since the NDA government came to power, prices of essential commodities and fuel have been rising. Fuel prices in the country are sky-rocketing and have hit the common man very hard. The price of onion and tomato is Rs 80 per kg, the price of potato is Rs 60 per kg. How will the common man survive? In Assam, the BJP government came to power promising to secure the ‘Jati, Mati, Bheti’ (race, land, base) of the indigenous people. But every policy they have adopted has turned out to be anti-poor.

The government had fixed the prices of onions at Rs 35 per kg and of potatoes at Rs 40-45 per kg in the 586 fair price shops in Guwahati. However, the order has not been implemented by most of these fair price shops. They have been selling onions at Rs 70-80 per kg and potatoes at Rs 60-70 per kg. Assam Trade