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Officials check godowns for hoarding

Panaji: Teams of inspectors from the department of civil supplies and consumer affairs, commercial tax and legal metrology began inspecting godowns of suppliers and wholesalers on Tuesday to ensure that there was no hoarding and to ascertain reasons for many keeping their shutters down. The teams of three for each taluka led by the inspectors from the civil supplies department visited several wholesalers and advised them to keep their business running and avoid hoarding. “We inspected the stock together with the police and asked them about difficulties they are facing to keep their godowns open. Wherever necessary the official from civil supplies provided them with curfew passes for their staff. Once they have the passes, it is the owner’s lookout to ensure that they report to work and keep the supply chain running,” an inspector from legal metrology told TOI. After inspections of wholesalers are completed, the teams will begin inspecting retail shops. “Once wholesalers begin functioning, the retailers will automatically keep their shops open,” the inspector from the team said. “Those who insist on being closed can face suspension of licence,” he said. The directorate of civil supplies and consumer affairs on Monday constituted the special teams after it received complaints that retail stores and suppliers purposely kept their businesses closed to create hoarding and escalate prices. “Retail stores, andstockists and wholesalers must to keep their premises open, failing which stringent action will be initiated,” director civil supplies Siddhivinayak Naik stated. Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

 

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