Mamta Banerjee government of West Bengal has fixed the maximum price of potato in the state. Now, if a shopkeeper takes more money than the fixed price from the customer, strict action will be taken against him. The government on Thursday fixed the maximum price of potato at Rs 27.
Amid the rise in potato prices, officials of the state government's enforcement department visited several markets in the city and warned the retail traders to take strict action on selling potatoes above Rs 27 a kg from Friday.
Currently, Jyoti variety potato is being sold at Rs 32-34 per kg. An official of the enforcement department said that the margin between the prices of potato in cold store and retail market should not exceed Rs. 5 per kg.
This officer told a businessman here, 'You cannot sell more than Rs 27 per kg of Jyoti variety potatoes from tomorrow. If you do not follow it, action will be taken. He also asked the potato vendors to maintain proper accounts of the purchase, as these documents can be examined if required.
However, traders said that they cannot sell potatoes with a limit of Rs 27 per kg, as their purchase cost is more than this. Last week, the government had asked traders to ensure that the retail price of potato is brought down to Rs 25 per kg.
The state government had decided in a meeting with the bodies of potato traders and cold storage that a maximum of seven days would be allowed to bring the retail price of potato to the level of Rs 25 per kg.