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Mamata warns of action against officials stopping vegetable vendors
Mamata warns of action against officials stopping vegetable vendors

Kolkata, March 25 (TIWN) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday warned state government officials that action would be taken against them if they tried to stop vegetable vendors and personnel engaged in home delivery of essentials during the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus infection.

She directed the police and enforcement officials to raid the markets from Friday so that the traders do not demand exorbitant prices for vegetables. The CM said the Sufal Bangla stalls of the state government will sell potato for Rs 15 per kg and onion for Rs 59 per kg. She said the state government had an agreement with the central agency NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India) for supply of onion for Rs 25 per kg, but they had failed to honour the contract. “So, the state government is facing a problem,” the CM said, adding that the Centre must do something. Officials of agriculture, agri-marketing, transport, fisheries and home departments were present at the meeting with Rajiva Sinha, chief secretary, Virendra, DGP and Anuj Sharma, CP of Kolkata.

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