AP makes price list compulsory for all shops

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Hyderabad, Nov 21 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Civil Supplies Minister K V Krishna Reddy today said the government had made it compulsory for all the wholesale, retail and kirana shops and malis to display the price of all commodities for the benefit of customers.

Addressing a press conference after a review meeting with the civil supplies officials and representatives of the oil companies here, he said the government had already issued orders in this regard. Action would be taken against those who do not display the boards with all details, he added.

The department had taken all measures to control the prices of essential commodities, including the fine quality rice, in the state, he said, adding, the department was supplying the rice through 42,400 dealers in the state.

He said the government had issued 2.20 crore Iris ration cards, including 1.85 crore white ration cards so far. In view of the increase in the income limit from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 in villages and from Rs 40,000 to Rs 75,000 in city level, the government had decided to issue 14 lakh pink and 13 lakh white cards in the state.

A committee, headed by State Finance Minister K Rosaiah, was reviewing the prices of essential commodities every week, he said, adding, the government had intensified raids to check hoarding and black marketing.

Mr Reddy said patrolling at eight border checkposts have been intensified and raids would be conducted by the police and department officials to stop illegal transportation of fine rice from the state to other states.

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