Tripura relies on one month’s food stock, Govt holds review meeting

Tanmoy Chakraborty

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Agartala: Tripura is currently relying on one month's worth of food stock, supplemented by daily imports via road due to disruptions in goods train movements following a recent derailment incident in Assam. 

This situation prompted a review meeting at the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. 

Representatives from the All Tripura Merchants Association and Tripura Wholesale Grocery Merchants Association attended, aiming to manage stock and stabilize prices of essential food items amidst the railway service disruptions.

Chaired by the department director, Nirmal Adhikari, the meeting focused on assessing current stock levels, wholesale prices, import strategies, and maintaining stable retail prices until normal railway services resume. 

“In the review meeting, Director of Food Department Nirmal Adhikari discussed with the business representatives the current stock of essential food products in the market, wholesale. In the meeting he hold discussing in detail about retail price, import of food stuff from abroad etc. He requested the business representatives to make arrangements to bring essential food items by road until the railway services are normalized in the state”, said the source.

Adhikari urged business representatives to facilitate road imports to mitigate supply chain disruptions.

During discussions, it was disclosed that the state currently holds one month's food reserve and relies on daily road imports. Business representatives assured their commitment to ensuring normal supply and pricing of essential items. 

Additionally, sub-divisional authorities, under the director's guidance, will oversee price control and stocking at local levels.

Efforts are underway to prevent abnormal price hikes and ensure uninterrupted access to essential food items until railway services normalize.

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Tanmoy Chakraborty