No increase in salt price, don’t panic: Centre

As per the prices reported by centres from across the country, there has been no increase in price of salt whatsoever says Department of Consumer Affairs

By: ANI | Patna | Updated: November 12, 2016 7:20 am
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Rubbishing the rumours of shortage of salt across the country, especially in Uttar Pradesh where people were seen thronging shops in sheer panic, the Centre has assured that there is no such deficit and has called on the state government to take action on those spreading such rumours.

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Speaking to ANI in Patna, Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan asserted that there is absolutely no shortage of salt and that the prices were still the same. He further stated that the Akhilesh Yadav-led state government must take action against those trying to trigger panic among the masses.

“State government must track down those people trying to sell salt for 200 Rupees per kilo. This is just wrong. There is no shortage of salt, sugar, rice, wheat or even pulses for that matter,” Paswan said. The Union Minister alleged that this development by a clear case of politics being played with the UP polls nearing, adding that an attempt was being made to tarnish the Centre’s image.

Earlier, the Department of Consumer Affairs clarified that there is enough salt to meet any unexpected shortage.

“We monitor the prices of 22 essential commodities on daily basis. As per the prices reported by centres from across the country, there has been no increase in price of salt whatsoever,” a statement read. A rumour of salt shortage which that originated in UP, triggered panic among citizens on Friday night, as a mad rush was seen at grocery stores were people were seeing leaving with several bags of salt.

In Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh, there were reports of panicked customers flocking to market as rumours flew thick and fast. Kicking into action, the state police detained a person in Rampur for spreading rumours.

In the national capital, tensions prevailed in Jamia Nagar area as residents pelted stones at police buses amid rumours of shortage of salt and hike in prices of the essential commodities.

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    Ashok Mazumdar
    Nov 12, 2016 at 2:16 am
    Spread Mis -Information to Divert.
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      Debashish Pal
      Nov 12, 2016 at 5:26 am
      was CA dept sleeping when ppl crowded to buy??????
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        Venu P
        Nov 13, 2016 at 4:22 am
        There is absolutely no basis for any anxiety as to shortage of salt. Such shortage can occur due to two reasons: fall in production and or transport bottlenecks, esp. by rail. There is huge stock available in all producing centres in Gujarat, which produces more than 70% of the country's salt. Prices are not excessive. There are no transport bottlenecks also.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This writer is a former istant Salt Commissioner.
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          Subodh khanna
          Nov 12, 2016 at 2:20 am
          arrest those spreading rumours of salt price increse under NSA , THEY are anti nationals
          Reply