Jamshedpur, March 25: East Singhbhum district administration has opened suvidha kendras for the convenience of people living indoors due to coronavirus scare. The administration are selling essential commodities at fixed price.
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation on Tuesday that all of India would be locked down for 21 days starting midnight, people started went on purchasing spree.
The administration has asked Krishi Bazar Utpadhan Samity (KUBS) to fix the price not more than two to three rupees from the wholesale price.
“The steep increase in prices of onion and potatoes was creating resentment amongst the people forcing administration to intervene. Directive has been issued to the wholesalers to fix the price not more than two-three rupees from the rate at which they are purchasing the onion from KUBS,” the official said.
Unruly scenes were witnessed outside Reliance Fresh in Bistupur Tuesday night as residents, especially women, protested the early closing of the store. “ We came to know that the administration has asked stores like Reliance Fresh to remain opened. I came here to see the store closed at 8.45 pm. It is supposed to remain open till 11 pm on all days,” said a homemaker.
She said that traders are selling essential commodities at higher prices this is the reason she was relying on such stores. She explained that her ration stock was ending and she had to rush to Reliance Fresh after Modi announced lock down.
A school teacher Rakhi Jha who had rushed to a ration shop at Refugee Market in Sakchi, , argued who would feed his family if she kept waiting to buy the essentials. “The situation is getting serious day by day and we have no other choice left,” she added.
Several people were frantically buying ration and milk in Bistupur and elsewhere across the city early this morning. Same was the case at vegetable markets. Residents had to rush out of their homes soon after the PM’s announcement since no guideline was mentioned in his address to the nation.