To herald transparency in availability of edible oils, the Centre has directed State governments to take disclosures from millers and refiners on availability of stocks of edible oils and oilseeds.
This measure is being taken to test on any unfair commerce practices and any consequent rise in costs attributable to hoarding of any form.
In a letter from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution to Chief Secretaries of State governments, the Ministry has requested them to direct millers, refiners, wholesalers, merchants amongst different stakeholders to declare their stocks of edible oils or oilseeds. It has requested state governments to additionally confirm the accuracy of these declarations.
“States/UTs are additionally requested to monitor the costs of edible oils/oilseeds on a weekly foundation,” the letter added.
The Central authorities additionally stated it should present entry to the net portal to make these disclosures and State authorities authorities may even have entry to monitor stocks of their respective States.
The Food Secretary can be slated to meet with the State authorities officers on Friday on this matter and on measures that want to be taken to guarantee compliance.