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Govt develops a software to monitor prices of essential commodities

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, Salt).

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.


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