Don’t panic, there is no shortage of salt in the country: Govt quells rumours

The government on Friday said there is no shortage of salt in the country after reports of panic buying in various parts of the country.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2016 01:34 IST
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People buy sacks of salt in Haldwani of Uttarakhand after rumors that government increased salt price to Rs 400/kg.(HT Photo)

The government on Friday said there is no shortage of salt in the country afterreports of panic buying in various parts of the country.

“On an average, salt prices are ruling at Rs 14-15 per kg, same as last year’s level. There has been no increase in prices,” food minister Ram Vilas Paswan told PTI.

Reports said shortage rumours not only led to panic purchasing but ended up in fights among consumers and sellers as the cost plummeted to Rs 100 to Rs 200 and at some places to Rs 400.

“Uncessary panic is being spread that salt is being sold at Rs 200 per kg. Those who have sold at Rs 200, the UP government should take action and arrest them,” Paswan said.

If anyone is selling at such high rates in any parts of the country, the state governments should take immediate action, he added.

In a series of tweets, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman too said there was no shortage of edible salt.

“Baseless rumours being spread. Salt Commissioner & Jt. Secretary Shri Raghavendra monitoring the situation. Asst.Salt Commissioners reporting from the field. No shortage. Monitoring will be on-going,” she tweeted.

Lack of small denomination currency on Friday triggered rumours of black marketing of essential commodities like salt as shopkeepers refused to provide change when offered with higher denomination notes.

In Uttar Pradesh, there were reports of panicked customers flocking to market as rumours flew thick and fast that salt has gone out of shelves and shopkeepers are selling at a premium -- a high as Rs 200 per kg.

Watch: Rumours of shortage in salt supply spark panic among consumers in UP

The centre has also checked the price situation of salt in other states as well and there has not been any increase in the rate of the essential commodity.

Meanwhile, Delhi government also appealed to Delhiites not to pay attention to rumours of shortage of salt in the city and assured that there is no scarcity of such essential commodity.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said teams of food supply officers and sub-divisional magistrates are rounding city’s markets where salt is available in sufficient stock.

Read: Clashes in Delhi over salt shortage rumours, panic buying in NCR towns

First Published: Nov 12, 2016 00:26 IST