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JAMMU: JKPCC Vice President and former Minister Raman Bhalla on Wednesday attacked the government over the rise in prices of essential commodities, asking it to act sternly against black marketers and push sufficient stocks of food in the market to check rising prices.This was observed by former Minister after meeting different sections of society in various areas of Gandhi Nagar constituency on Wednesday.He accused the government of being ignorant and alleged it was allowing stocks to rot and the people to suffer. He said COVID crisis are already here but it is not only COVID-19 that is denting the spirits of the common man as the prices of food items are spiralling.He claimed that with almost no fiscal stimulus, the economy is struggling to get back on track, but “the government is ignorant and blatantly incompetent in controlling inflation”. He said while the government should be exploring avenues to provide support to the people and boost consumption, it is on a lookout to “extract as much from the common man and leave them helpless”.“We demand that the government immediately act on black marketeers, assess the stock of essential items lying in cold storages and push sufficient stock in the markets to control the prices,” Bhalla said.Bhalla cited the high prices of grocery items, saying it is highest in 10 years. He said the consumer food price inflation has been consistently high for the last few months, both in the urban and rural areas. When the time is to boost consumption in our economy, why is the government denting the pockets of the common man through increased prices for their mandatory spending,” he also asked.The Congress party will hold a nationwide symbolic protest in front of petrol pumps across the country on June 11 against the hike in fuel prices. The economic condition of the people is deteriorating due to the skyrocketing prices of petrol and diesel amid the Corona epidemic.In many states, the price of petrol has crossed Rs 100 per liter. In such a situation, people are facing a lot of problems.Now the Congress party has announced to take this issue more strongly by taking it on the road. However, in view of the Corona epidemic, it was already told that this protest will be only symbolic. In such a situation, the general public should not have any problem with this.Actually, the effect of increasing the price of petrol and diesel falls on the entire economy. Inflation is increasing further due to an increase in the price of petroleum products. The prices of essential goods are skyrocketing and the public is getting upset. In such a situation, immediate steps should be taken by the central government to reduce the price of petroleum products.Bhalla further said prices of essential items like petrol, diesel and cooking gas (LPG) are increasing in an uncontrolled manner after government control over the prices were removed. It has created problems everywhere, and lives of the people are affected. The government should take cognizance of the seriousness of the situation and find a solution.
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