Salt shortage rumor hits Chandigarh | Price skyrockets but Officials calls it baseless
Chandigarh: Another substantiated rumor hit the city yesterday. The government on Friday said there is no shortage of salt in the country and has advised people not to indulge in panic buying.
Chandigarh Police Control Room received calls of salt sale at exorbitant prices from Colony No. 4, Bapu Dham Colony, Mauli Jagran, Mani Majra, Palsora, Dadu Majra, Kishangarh, Dhanas, Kajheri, Burail, Ramdarbar, Sector 40, 46 and Sector 56
“We monitor the prices of 22 essential commodities on daily basis. As per the prices reported by centres from across the country, there has been no increase in price of salt whatsoever,” the department of consumer affairs said in a statement.
The government’s clarification came after reports of panic buying of salt in several parts of country amid rumours of shortage.+
According to reports, salt is being sold in some parts at rates as high as Rs 250 per kg.
Situation precipitated by rumours of salt prices being jacked up, which led to panic buying by shopkeepers in the tricity today, normalised as the day progressed.
Earlier in the day, officials of the UT Administration, Chandigarh Market Committee staff and the UT police, inspected each and every wholesale shop of salt in the Sector 26 Grain Market as also in Industrial Area, Phase I and II. In the morning, salt was sold in Sector 26 under tight police security.
To control the situation, enough policemen were deployed outside the shops of wholesale suppliers. Market Committee Secretary Rajinder Kumar, who was in the mandi along with the staff since last night, said they checked the records of all wholesale suppliers. There is sufficient stock with them and necessary directions have been issued, he said.
:Inputs from various people, Tribune and IANS