“Sweets and Confectionaries Association of Tura” to slash the prices of sweets and snack

Shillong, August 23: Multiple feedbacks were received from general public in last few months and many reports were published by various newspapers in connection with the hiking of prices of snack, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat etc. in Tura town.

These reports were taken up seriously and based on the directions from Police Headquarters, a confidential enquiry was conducted by this office. During enquiry, it was learnt that the daily wagers, laborers, workers, sick persons, and other persons were facing immense hardship due to the price hike of fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, sweets, snacks etc.

It was also learnt that the prices were hiked few months back based on the instigation of office bearers of an organization which claims to be the “Meghalaya Chamber of Commerce” being operated under the directions of one Bernard N. Marak @ Rimpu aided by other persons namely Wilver Dango M. Marak, Anish M. Sangma, Patcheng T. Sangma, etc.

This organization has been found to be collecting huge amount of money from the shop keepers in the name of membership fee and monthly renewal fees. It was also learnt that the commission from the hiked prices were being channeled clandestinely to the above-mentioned persons and their accomplices.

Apart from this, the office bearers of the organization have been threatening the non-tribal businessmen of the area to obtain “No Objection Certificate” from Bernard N. Marak @ Rimpu who is a member of the GHADC without which their “Trading by Non-Tribal (TNT) License” cannot be renewed.

Huge sum of money is extorted from these businessmen for issue of this certificate which was completely illegal. On receipt of the findings, the office called the shopkeepers for discussion over last few days for finding an amicable and sustainable solution.

Accordingly, the association named “Sweets and Confectionaries Association of Tura” has unanimously decided to slash the prices of sweets and snacks in the interest of general public.

The rates are as follows: Page 2 of 3 SL. No. Item Old Rate Revised Rate 1 Rosogulla Rs. 20/- Rs. 10/- 2 Lalmohon Rs. 20/- Rs. 10/- 3 Dry Sweets Rs. 30/- Rs. 20/- 4 Kalakand Rs. 30/- Rs. 20/- 5 Rosmalai – Rs. 30/- 6 Doi (Rs. 250/- per Kg) – Rs. 20/- 7 Pera (Rs. 600/- per Kg) Rs. 10/- Rs. 5/- 8 Laddu (Rs. 400/- per Kg) Rs. 10/- Rs. 5/- 9 Jalebi (Rs. 250/- per Kg) Rs. 10/- Rs. 5/- 10 Kaju Barfi (Rs. 900/- per Kg) – Rs. 20/- 11 Singara Rs. 20/- Rs. 10/- 12 Veg Chop – Rs. 20/- 13 Kochori – Rs. 15/- 14 Nimki – Rs. 10/- 15 Coffee – Rs. 20/- 16 Tea – Rs. 10/- 17 Panner – (Rs. 600/- per Kg) 18 Kata Nimki, Nimki, Khurma, Bhujia, Bundia – (Rs. 300/- per Kg) These rates have been made applicable with effect from  22nd August 2022.

The Police appreciate the Sweets and Confectionaries Association of Tura for their wisdom and considerate response. The discussion with other shopkeepers and associations is going on to reduce the prices.

In connection with the activities of the office bearers of the organization claiming to be Meghalaya Chamber of Commerce, a FIR vide Tura PS Case No. 189(08)2022 u/s 120B/384/417/419/420/467/468/471 IPC has been registered and investigated into.

The Police will ensure the follow up action as per law in this matter. It has also been learnt that some persons have been indulging in monopolistic activities and extorting money from the suppliers in Page 3 of 3 the name of protection money.

They compel the shopkeepers to purchase the stuff from a particular supplier at the prices fixed as per their whims and fancies. After collecting more facts, action shall be taken in due course.

It is informed to one and all that any attempt at monopolizing the markets by creating cartels, hoarding, black marketing etc. shall not be acceptable to the administration and dealt with strongly as per law. We urge the people to cooperate with the district administration to resolve these issues amicably.

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