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Steps to control grain hoarding

Jamshedpur, Aug. 24: The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has advised city traders to abstain from hoarding foodgrain.

The organisation also decided to convene a meeting of the traders later this week to pass some stringent strictures to stop illegal practice. Besides, the association will also take up the problems of foodgrain traders with the state administration.

SCCI officials said that the district administration had also directed the traders to restrain from hoarding large quantity of foodgrain, failing which it would be forced to take action. “We have requested the traders to stock foodgrain within the prescribed limits set by the state. The association will soon call a meet of the traders to discuss this issue,” said SCCI vice-president (trade) Alok Choudhary.

The SCCI members conceded that anti-hoarding measures would help keep the prices under control, which is a major priority of government.

They pointed out that the state was resorting to raids to ensure that traders were not stocking more than the prescribed foodgrain. The SCCI tried to ensure that such raids didn’t take place in the city.

The chamber will also raise the problem of traders with the state.

“The state’s anti-hoarding directives may create problems for the traders who can be harassed by the state officials. This has happened in past and we will take up the concerns of traders with the state,” added another SCCI member.

He maintained that the city-based traders were co-operating with the district administration in running the newly opened Suvidha centres across the city, which provide foodgrain and vegetable at nominal rates.

“If traders are ready to co-operate with the district administration, the state should also ensure that our concerns are taken care of. We will voice our concerns on the anti-hoarding issue after the proposed meeting later this week,” added Choudhary.

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