The ghost of demonetisation is still troubling the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Amid confusion and fear, rumours are rife about salt, vegetables and grain shortages. People are into panic buying.
Similarly, there are reports of Sales Tax, Central Excise raids in different shops. On Friday evening, the markets of walled city were closed down following rumours of raids of central agencies. For the past four days, both consumers and businessmen are in a state of confusion.
“The drastic dip has been witnessed in the sale of different items due to rumours. In the past four days, the business of the market has come down to 20-30%. After rumours related to raids, shops were shut down by businessmen. Government should come up with a plan to curb rumours,” said Vivek Sahu, spokesperson, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).
After rumour of crises of salt, customers rushed to the market and purchased bags of salt of 15-20 kg.
A shop owner Naresh Mishra said, “All the salt packets without considering brand were sold out in a single day following reports of crises of salt in the market. When I made a contact in the wholesale market, I came to know that people are trying to hoard salt which resulted in increase in price of salt.”
Bhopal Kirana Vyapari Mahasangh vice president Anupam Agrawal said, “A large number of retailers and consumers are making queries of availability of basic commodities including pulses and salts. The rumours of skyrocketing prices of salt and other products are also hitting people hard.”
“We have cleared that there is no shortage of products and the prices of products are stable. Branded salt is still selling at Rs 180-200 per 10 kg so there is no need to get panic,” he added.
Amid chaos, people have started spreading awareness.
“After Demonetisation, common people panicked and rushed to petrol pumps and general store to purchase basic commodities. Due to chaos and rumours, queues kept getting longer. We are trying to aware people by informing them about ATMS and branches of banks where persons can withdraw money easily. Similarly, we are also trying to help people by sending messages of avoiding rumours related to shortage of commodities,” said Ghanshyam Chandravanshi, state secretary, Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat.
MP Congress Committee state president Arun Yadav said congress workers will extend all kind of help to people by installing stalls before banks.