From Traders, Shopkeepers to Consumers: Huge Struggle of Getting Commodities During Lockdown

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New Delhi: The central government ‘ensured’ that daily needs like fruits and vegetables will be available even during the 21-day lockdown to contain coronavirus. However, a pertinent challenge emerged as to how commodities will reach from wholesalers to retailers, from warehouse to shops and mandis, and from mandis to homes if people are not allowed to commute.

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Clarifying all doubts, the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) has now started giving out passes to the ones involved in the supply chain so that they move in the city without hindrance.

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The APMC noted that there is no scarcity in the national capital, unlike some other cities, of vegetables, fruits and dairy needs. Due to the state borders shutting down, however, a huge problem arose in fulfilling the supply chain and successfully reaching consumers. Trucks and local transport vehicles were stopped nearly at every checkpoint, various complaints stated.

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Now, once valid ID cards and passes are issued to these suppliers, there is still the looming problem of how people will reach if they are not allowed to move around in the city.

Many instances have been reported and shared from across states where policemen hurled at individuals without even listening to them and sent them home if they were found on the streets. In such a scenario, even if the produces reach markets, how is a person to go out and buy them?

Meanwhile, prices of all commodities of daily needs have been soaring much above their retail price as shopkeepers look to maximise their profits in such trying times, forcing buyers to stock up in large quantities.