The prices of 22 essential food commodities are
monitored by the Price Monitoring Cell in the Department of Consumer Affairs.
The 22 commodities include five items groups i.e. Food
grains (Rice, Wheat, Atta), Pulses (Gram, Tur, Urad, Moong, Masur), Edible Oils
(Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Vanaspati, Soya Oil, Sunflower Oil, Plam Oil),
Vegetables (Potato, Onion, Tomato) and other items (Sugar, Gur, Milk, Tea,
According to an official statement, this is being done
through 101 centres across the country.
By monitoring the price situation with regard to these
essential commodities, the Price Monitoring Cell gives immediate feedback so
that the government can take appropriate measures to prevent any undesired
shortfall in the availability of these commodities.
To enable wider spread and coverage of area for which
prices are captured and as a follow up to the recommendation of Committee of
Secretaries, this Department has developed and uploaded a software on its
website for collecting prices of these 22 essential food commodities through
crowd sourcing and stakeholder participation, says the official statement. The
link of the website is: https://consumeraffiars.nic.in/pmc/. Citizens, retail and wholesale
businesses, Voluntary Consumer Organisations and all other stakeholders are
invited to register on this portal and enter prices of their locality. Users
will have to register only once on the portal to get user id and password
instantly and enter prices of their locality.