Kolkata: In a bid to rein in rising inflation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has constituted a task force comprising officers of various departments to keep a tab on the vegetable price hike.

Giving information about the task force, the state Home Secretary, GD Gautam, said a secretary level meeting was held at Writers’ Building. “In order to keep a tab on rising vegetable prices, the task force has been constituted,” he added.

The Municipal Corporation will monitor the market situation on daily basis, he said.

The task force will comprise marketing and agriculture department Additional Secretary Rajesh Sinha, DC of Enforcement Department, DCP (West Bengal) from Enforcement Department, Director of agri and marketing and one member each from the body representing wholesalers and retailers.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was also present in the meeting, said people responsible for inflation will be identified and strict action will be taken against them.

However, General Secretary of Forum of Traders Organisation of West Bengal Ravi Kole informed that the traders, present in the meeting, stated that inflation at national level was a cause of concern.

“The hike in vegetables prices is due to floods and rains. The prices are likely to come down during Durga Puja,” he added.

Banerjee, who earlier visited the three markets, asked the difference between the costs of vegetables. She observed a large difference between few vegetables that were sold at varying prices.

JPN/Bureau