Andhra Pradesh: With a view to controlling the price of Palmolein oil, other edible oils, oil seeds, and pulses in the market, officials of Vigilance & Enforcement department conducted surprise inspections in Andhra Pradesh for two days. This situation comes after the surge in prices of edible oils after the Russia-Ukraine war.
During the surprise inspections conducted on 7 March, Monday, the officials checked 142 wholesale and retail traders, supermarkets and manufacturing units. Cases were booked on four shops under Section 6A of Essential Commodities (EC) Act, 1955 on excess stock limits as per G.O.Ms.No.14, Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies (CS.I) Department.
Earlier, on 6 March, inspections were conducted on a total of 128 wholesalers / retail traders, supermarkets, and manufacturing units. Out of the total, 16 cases were booked under Section 6A of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act. 1955, 54 cases under Legal Metrology Act 2009 and Legal Metrology packaged commodities rules 2011 and 12 cases under Food Safety and Standards Act. 2006.
Another 73 cases under Legal Metrology Act 2009 and Legal Metrology packaged commodities Rules 2011 were filed for selling at a higher price than MRP and 15 cases under Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 are filed for not having licence. Oil samples have been collected for testing their quality.
According to the officials, they have given a statutory warning to prevent illegal hoarding of Palmolein oil, other edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, and other commodities which causes a hike in price and creates artificial scarcity, else appropriate action on licensing conditions apart from criminal action will be taken.