Hyderabad: The Agriculture Department fixes the vegetable costs day by day in all of the 11 Rythu bazaars in Hyderabad. However, the distributors are selling the vegetable at Rs.5-10 extra per kg than the mounted value written on the signboard which is a transparent violation of the rule.
Last 12 months between March to December, The Agriculture Department had collected Rs.16,350 as penalties from the vegetable distributors at Mehdipatnam and Rs.29,000 from the distributors at Irragadda Rythu Bazar.
It has been noticed that the Rythu Bazars’ distributors at Alwal, Kukatpally, Mehdipatnam and Irragada are looting the shoppers. They are selling tomato at Rs.15 whereas its mounted value is Rs.10, Potato at Rs.35 as a substitute of Rs.31 and Carrot at Rs.35 in place of Rs.25.
According to the Rythu Bazar officers, if any grievance is acquired from the client, the distributors are given an oral warning for the primary time. If such a vendor repeats his violation for a second time, then his weighing balance is impounded. If repeated for the third time, the seller is requested to depart the market.
The Mehdipatnam Rythu Bazar State Officer Vijay Kumar stated, “Whenever we get a complaint against the vendor, the concerned Rythu Bazar Supervisor takes strict action against the violator.”
“We have not received any complaint this week,” stated Irragadda Rythu Bazar State Officer Ramesh.
“Last month we have received many complaints against the vendors for selling vegetables at extra costs and we have taken prompt action and collected Rs.29,000 as penalties from them.”
A buyer at Alwal Rythu Bazar stated, “The vegetable vendors generally sell the vegetable for more than the actual price written on the signboard. When they are reminded why they are charging Rs.5 extra per kg, they always start a heated argument and threaten the customer.”