Guwahati, April 25: Guwahati has experienced a surge in the prices of several essential food items, including pulses, fish, and fresh fruits.
Over the past few days, the retail market has witnessed a rise of over ten rupees per kilo for daily-used pulses such as moong dal and masoor daal.
Meanwhile, fish and chicken prices have also surged, with dressed chicken now sold for less than Rs 280 per kilo, compared to the previous price of Rs 240-250.
In addition, fresh fruits have also come under the trend of inflation, with mousami and grapes now available at Rs 100 and Rs 120 per kilo, respectively, compared to their previous prices of Rs 80 and Rs 100. These rising prices have put a financial strain on the common people in Guwahati, who are struggling to make ends meet.
Shopkeepers are blaming the wholesalers for the increased prices, while wholesalers are pointing to rising transport costs. However, concerned citizens have raised the issue that fair-price shops are selling products at the same price as the market and not at any government-regulated rates.
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Despite the negligible increase in diesel costs, food item prices have skyrocketed, raising questions about the reasons behind the sudden escalation in the prices of essential commodities. It remains to be seen whether the local and state governments will take action to control these prices or if businesses will continue to make money out of the city’s residents.
The increase in food prices could have a severe impact on the economy, as it could lead to inflation and a reduction in consumer spending. The government needs to take proactive steps to address the situation and alleviate the financial burden on the common people.
The government could provide subsidies to help stabilize prices, regulate fair-price shops, and support small farmers to increase production and reduce food prices.
The sudden surge in food prices in Guwahati has become a source of worry for its residents. The government and other stakeholders need to work together to mitigate the impact of rising food prices and ensure that the common people can access essential commodities at affordable prices.