Meghalaya News 24 special
With surge in the COVID 19 cases in Meghalaya, various rumours going around created panic like situation in the state capital. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Friday told Meghalaya News 24 that the authorities concerned have been asked to take action against “opportunists” who are taking advantage of the situation arising due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.
He was reacting to the sudden hike in the prices of essential commodities and overcharging of taxi fares which have affected the citizens of the state.
This also came soon after the state government has decided to impose many restrictions especially in Shillong agglomeration to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
“We have already instructed all the concerned departments be it Food and Civil Supplies or be it Transport department to make sure that the prices fixed by them should be adhered to in totality,” Tynsong told Meghalaya News 24.
“We have also issued orders to all deputy commissioners to monitor and make sure that opportunists cannot take advantage of the situation,” he said.
Asked, Tynsong said that the government has directed the transport department to ensure drivers of commercial vehicles should not take advantage of the situation.
“They (commercial vehicles) cannot and they should not as we have already considered whatever grievances raised by the concerned stakeholders (by reducing the prices of petrol and diesel). Therefore, I would like to appeal and warned please don’t take advantage of the situation. Yes we need to earn but you need to understand the difficulties faced by the residents of the state,” he stated.
Urging the people not to resort to panic buying, the deputy chief minister has assured that the state has sufficient stock of essential commodities.
“At the same time we appeal to all traders that you don’t have any crisis we don’t have any crisis at all so therefore let the prevailing market rate continue as usual,” he said while informing that the DCs have been asked to penalize such traders if found taking advantage of the current situation.
He also urged the people to come forward and complain against such illegal activities.