Shimla City’s vegetable/fruit vendors charging twice the official rate displayed on LED screens, administration helpless
SHIMLA- While the LED screen installed near BCS Police Station displayed Rs. 16-25 per kg rate for potato, Rs. 14-17 for cabbage, and Rs. 14-24 for tomato, a vegetable/fruit vendor located just 10 meters from this LED had displayed his own rate list. Instead of official rates, he was selling potatoes at retail price of Rs. 30-35 per kg, cabbage at Rs. 30 per kg, and tomato at Rs. 30 per kg. This is the story of most of the vegetable vendors across the city.
The rates are more than twice the official rates and yet people have no choice but to yield in front of vendors because the administration is content with announcements in papers. This is what residents of New Shimla told Himachal Watcher.
The problem continues since the beginning of current year as administration had never bothered to regulate retail prices of vegetables.
But even in September month, Public of Shimla City has not received any relief at all from excess rates being charged by vegetable/ fruit vendors despite installment of LED screens to display rates decided by administration. Vendors are, without any fear, still charging more than double the prices displayed on these screens and both the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur, and Himachal Pradesh Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs are either helpless or have not bothered to go beyond installing LED display and monitor the vendors across Shimla.
In April, the DC Shimla had ordered installation of an LED display outside his office where official retail rates of vegetable and fruits were to be displayed. The display had failed to change the ground reality and vendors kept charging excess rates.
In September, four more such LED displays were installed at near BCS Police Station, Sanjuali, Kausmpti, and Chotta Shimla to keep the consumers aware and updated on daily vegetable/fruit rates. However, vendors are fearlessly charging consumers whatever they want.
These displays haven’t solved any purpose because concerned officials didn’t bother to step into field to collect feedback. Administration isn’t serious about it while making claims of working toward protection of consumer rights and prevention of open loot by vendors.
A few complaint numbers were also provided by administration for redressal of consumer grievances. In case a vendor is charging more than official rates, consumers can lodge a complaint on following numbers:
District Controller Shimla: 0177-2657022
Food Inspector Shimla (Urban): 98167-12626
Food Inspector Shimla (Rural): 94189-62971