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People must bear with price rise: Sikkim govt

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 21, 2009

GANGTOK, 20 AUG(PTI): The Sikkim government today urged the people to bear with the increase in prices of consumer goods as an inevitable fact of life even as measures were being taken to prevent overcharging by retail traders.
The prices of essential commodities in Sikkim have been appreciated as a fallout of the increase in the prices of these goods by the manufacturers and in the wholesale markets and not because of lack of efforts to control the price rise by the food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department here, an official release said. Explaining the reason for the substantial increase in the prices of consumer goods in Sikkim, it sought to justify the price rise saying that prices got escalated due to the incorporation of transportation costs, leviable taxes and a reasonable margin of profit for the traders.
The concerned department has taken measures to ensure that the essential commodities and packaged goods were not overcharged by the retailers beyond the retail price, the release said, adding that the district collectors have been directed to fix the retail prices of various commodities within their administrative jurisdiction in consultation with the district civil supplies officers. The food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department has also warned the retail traders against charging beyond the printed price of essential goods or else legal action will be taken against them.

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