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Allegations of dishonest trader sheltering emerge amidst soaring onion prices in Agartala


BY TC News Desk

Agartala: August 18. Allegations have emerged that administrative officials in the Sadar sub-division are sheltering dishonest traders by conducting raids in public markets.

The sudden spike in onion prices, which have risen to over Rs 20 per kg in the last two days, has raised concerns as onions are a staple daily commodity. This price surge is particularly impactful for the middle-class and economically disadvantaged individuals.

In a recent incident, representatives from the Sadar Sub-Division Administrative and Food Department conducted a raid at Maharajganj market. While interacting with the media during the raid, they cited excessive rainfall in Nashik as a reason for the wastage of onions, leading to a slight price increase. Official statements indicated that wholesale onion prices were around 36 taka, with retail prices ranging from 38 to 40 taka. However, ground realities contrasted sharply with the administrative delegation’s claims.

Reports from the market indicate that onions are actually being sold at prices between Rs 45 and Rs 50. This stark difference between market rates and official statements was evident to the public. The city’s market and shops are charging as much as Rs 50 for a kilogram of onions. Meanwhile, administrative officials appeared to be conducting photo sessions in the market without actively engaging in assessing the situation.

Buyers and shoppers expressed their concerns about the unexpected 20-rupee price hike, noting that while a 10-12 taka increase was anticipated, the current rise has taken them by surprise. The general public seems disheartened by the lack of transparency in the market.

The questionable conduct of the administration was evident during Friday’s market raid. It was noted that certain unethical traders fled their shops upon learning about the administration’s impending operation. Such incidents were not lost on the officials leading the raid, yet they seemed reluctant to take action to rectify the situation. This has led many to speculate about potential covert agreements influencing the administration’s actions.

In summary, the situation in the Sadar sub-division’s markets highlights concerns about the conduct of administrative officials, their transparency, and their commitment to addressing price hikes and dishonest trading practices. The real market prices stand in stark contrast to the figures presented by the administration, raising questions about the accuracy and effectiveness of their interventions.

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