Bhubaneswar: To regulate the price of potato and onion, which has skyrocketed in Odisha, the state government on Wednesday directed the District Collectors to take appropriate action against wholesale traders.
In a letter, the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department has directed the Collectors to raid the godowns of the wholesale traders and assess the present stock of potato and onion in accordance with the Odisha Potato and Onion (Storage Control) (Amendment) Rules.
The department has also given a list to the Collectors to ensure the stock limits of these two essential commodities.
As per the stock specification, wholesalers in Bhubaneswar can have a maximum stock of 1000 quintals of potato and 250 quintals of onion while the wholesalers in Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur can have a maximum stock of 500 quintals of potato and 250 quintals of onion.
Barring these five cities, the wholesalers in the remaining districts and towns can keep a maximum stock of 300 quintals of potato and 150 quintals of onion.
On the other hand, the maximum stock limits of potato and onion for the retailers in Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur will be 40 quintals and 20 quintals respectively while for the retailers in the remaining parts of the state the maximum stock limit of potato and onion will be 15 quintals and 8 quintals respectively.