By- Dikhyaa Mohanty
For over 19 consecutive days the rise of petrol and diesel price has given a nightmare to the common people. Now with the tenacious price in fuel, the retail price of essential goods will also be raised.
According to Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Ranendra Pratap Swain, there will be a tremendous impact on the essential commodities like dal, edible oil, wheat, sugar, etc, due to an increase in transportation cost. He also assured that there will be no shortage of commodities in the State.
Prices of vegetables have already increased as many items like potato, Onion and tomato are being imported from other states. The cost of potatoes is around Rs. 28-30 per kg while the price of onion is Rs 18-20 per kg and tomato at Rs 45 to 50 per kg.
Though the department is closely monitoring this adverse situation and they will make sure that there won’t be any shortage of commodities in the state.
Odisha Traders’ Association Secretary Sudhakar Panda shared his concern towards this problem, the rising trend of fuel prices is not a healthy sign as the direct impact will be on the prices of essential commodities.
He further stated that already due to hike there is an impact on the prices of essential commodities and if the prices of petrol and diesel continued to rise then the overall situation will be likely to worsen further.
According to official sources, the state government is getting taxes of around Rs 17 per litre on petrol and Rs 15 per litre on diesel.