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Cracking down on price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic, a team of administrative officers led by additional district magistrate Talo Potom on Thursday booked a trader of Naharlagun and put him behind bars for unfair pricing of goods and non-compliance of the DM’s order.

The trader was arrested following an inspection carried out by the officers to the check escalation price of essential and packaged commodities.

The team of officers included legal metrology and consumer affairs assistant controller Taba Tabin, inspectors Debia Tana and Tao Tassar and APMC vice-chairman Tadar Akap.

Meanwhile, Capital Complex deputy commissioner Komkar Dulom has informed that regular checking drives are being conducted to ensure that commodities are not sold above the maximum retail price.

“Also, ADM Potom has been carrying out regular checking drives and also attending to complaints of price hike that come through the district administration’s Facebook page, Dulom said.

The DC has further requested the denizens, especially the trading community of Capital Complex to cooperate with the administration and try not to take undue advantage of the situation.

It is pertinent to mention here that following numerous complaints and reports of hike in the prices of vegetables and other essential commodities, the Capital Complex administration had last week launched a video complaint campaign under which people who come across instances of price hike can shoot videos of vendors or shops practising price gouging and inbox the same to the Facebook page of district administration.

The administration has assured that the identity of the complainant would be kept confidential.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com