CPI(M) demands Assam Govt to regulate price rise in 7 'Total Containment' districts

CPI(M) demands Assam Govt to regulate price rise in 7 'Total Containment' districts

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JORHAT: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has questioned the state government's imposition of a blanket 'total containment' across 7 districts where there has been a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases as it is likely to cause even more headaches to the poorer classes and prompt unscrupulous sellers to impose their own price tag on goods to take advantage of the masses.

Showing concern for the average joe who is most likely to feel the burn of price rise, Jorhat CPI (M) leader Sunil Baruah has urged the government of Assam to appoint teams for each district to keep the prices in check.

"So we demand the state government take stringent action against price rise so that no one is able to take advantage of the situation in these 7 districts,' he said.

"Since the past 3-4 months, the daily wage workers have been confronted with a great threat. Work has dried up and therefore, they are unable to earn their keep. From auto rickshaw drivers to small-time workers, they have all become directionless. On the other hand, there is price rise which has

has also urged the state government to ensure essential commodities for the poorer sections as unscrupulous elements might take advantage of the crisis situation to drive up prices of goods," he added.

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Baruah has also queried why the government has imposed total containment in 7 districts instead of just marking areas where the positivity rate is high as containment zones.

"It is true that the COVID-19 rate has risen; even in Jorhat. However, this could have been done differently. In the areas where the rate is high, containment zone could have been declared instead of enveloping the whole district and applying the same rules throughout," he suggested.

With the number of COVID-19 cases starting to show a steep decline, Assam’s health department today issued a new set of SOPs to be followed in the next phase of lockdown in order to minimize the spread of the virus.

Addressing media personnel here, Assam’s health minister Keshab Mahanta said that as many as 7 districts (Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, and Morigaon) will be put under total containment as the rate of infections is still very high there.

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