The Centre has rubbished the rumours of shortage of salt across the country, mainly in Uttar Pradesh and said that there was no such deficit and asked the state government to take actions against those spreading rumours. On Friday, people especially in the UP, were seen thronging shops in sheer panic.
Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan stressed that there was no shortage of salt and prices remains the same. Speaking to ANI he also asked the Akhilesh Yadav-led state government to take action those trying to create panic among the public.
He added that there was no shortage of salt, sugar, rice, wheat or even pulses for that matter. The minister alleged that this was the case of politics which is being played in order to tarnish the image of the BJP-led Government at the Centre ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which is scheduled to be held early next year.
The Department of Consumer Affairs has also clarified that there is enough salt to meet any shortage. “We monitor the prices of 22 essential commodities on daily basis. As per the prices reported by centres from across the country, there has been no increase in price of salt whatsoever,” a statement read.
A rumour of salt shortage had spread in UP last night, triggering panic among citizens as a huge rush was seen at grocery stores, where many of them were seen leaving with several bags of salt.