Govt monitoring availability of essential commodities in market

Union Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the government is monitoring the availability of essential commodities in the market amid nationwide lockdown for 21 days to check the spread of coronavirus outbreak.

Paswan warned manufacturers and traders against profiteering during this period.

The Centre is also in touch with the state governments to ensure that there is no shortage of essential commodities, he said.

There are about 75 crore beneficiaries under the public distribution system.