Hyderabad, Aug 8 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to suggest measures to control prices of essential commodities.
Addressing an informal meeting with his office staff here, the Chief Minister said the GoM includes Finance Minister K Rosaiah, Civil Supplies Minister K Krishna Reddy, Commercial Taxes Minister K Ramakrishna, Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy and Housing Minister B Satyanarayana.
He urged the GoM to go into the entire gamut of the issue and suggest steps to control the rising prices of essential commodities.
He also directed the Civil Supplies Department to prevent hoarding and black marketing of rice and other essential commodities and take stringent action against those indulging in such activities, with the coordinated efforts of the departments of Vigilance and Revenue, Police, Transport and Commercial Taxes.
Dr Reddy asked all the Joint Collectors to conduct special drive and take stringent action against illegal hoarders. He also directed strengthening of border checkposts to prevent unauthorized movement of paddy and rice.
He also instructed the Civil Supplies Department to coordinate with Rythu Bazaars and other departments concerned to sell fine rice through their outlets.
The government also decided to issue the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Commodities Dealers (licensing, storage and regulation) Order, 2008 for regulating pulses, wheat, rice, edible oils and edible oil seeds through licences and stock limits.
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