IMPHAL: Consumers’ Club, Manipur has cautioned the shopkeepers in the state against selling of commodities at inflated rates taking advantage of the market shut-down as precautionary measures against a COVID-19 outbreak.
Consumers’ Club, Manipur’s president T Phulchand Sharma in a statement said that the club has received reports about some shops in Imphal city and other key markets from different parts of the state of sale of commodities at inflated rate on March 19 and March 20, taking advantage of market shut down order till March 25 as announced by the government to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the state. Shopkeepers should avoid such unscrupulous and inhumane act of business dealing at a time when the entire world is experiencing a hard time due to the outbreak of the virus. The cub will seek legal help to punish the unscrupulous businessmen if they continue to participate in such inhumane act, the CCM warned.
A press release from the club continued that activities will be taken up to identify the shops which are guilty of selling commodities at an inflated rate on the two days and asked them to refund the excess amount to the consumers.
It appealed to the people to approach the Consumers’ Club, Manipur if they feel being deceived by the businessmen. It is a crucial hour that calls for us to unite and co-operate with each other. Government should initiate actions against such unscrupulous shopkeepers rather than maintaining silence after announcing the price list fixed. The club will also extend support to the government in rectification of the wrong doing, it added.