"States and Union territory governments are advised to take urgent steps to ensure availability of these essential goods, by invoking provisions of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act 1955. These measures include fixing of stock limits, capping of prices, enhancing production, inspection of accounts of dealers and other such actions," the letter read.
It further read, "Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Government of India are authorising States/Union Territories to notify order under the EC Act 1955 by relaxing requirement of prior concurrence of the Central Government upto June 30,2020. I would urge you to personally take urgent steps to ensure availability of these commodities at fair prices for public at large.
Covid-19: Supply of essential goods hit as only 15% trucks plying on roads
Transporters are finding it difficult to streamline the supply chain of essential goods with only 15 per cent of trucks
plying on the road amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown to control the coronavirus
pandemic, the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has said.
AIMTC, the apex body of transporters in the country, both cargo and passenger, represents around 10 million truckers and 5.5 million tourist buses and operators.
"We have approximately 1.25 million trucks
permit. But during the period of lockdown, only 200,000 to 250,000 trucks with national
permits are on road," news agency ANI quoted AIMTC President Kultaran Singh Atwal as saying. Read more...