New Delhi: The Consumer Affairs Ministry on Tuesday enabled collection of prices for 22 essential food commodities on its website through crowd sourcing involving the common folk, an official statement said.
The statement from the ministry said that citizens, retail and wholesale businesses, voluntary consumer organisations and all other stakeholders can register on this portal and enter prices in their locality.
"Users will have to register only once on the portal to get user id and password instantly and enter prices of their locality," it said.
The Price Monitoring Cell (PMC) of the ministry already monitors the retail and wholesale prices of 22 essential food commodities on a daily basis and analyses the price situation. They use this to give advance feedback to the government so that appropriate measures can be taken to prevent any shortfalls in the availability of essential commodities.
The 22 commodities include five items groups - food grains (rice, wheat, atta), pulses (gram, tur, urad, moong, masur ), edible oils (groundnut oil, mustard oil, vanaspati, soya oil, sunflower oil, palm oil), vegetables (potato, onion, tomato) and other items like sugar, gur (jaggery), milk, tea, and salt.