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Kolkata, 07 April (H.S.). On Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is going to hold an important meeting in the Secretariat regarding the rising inflation due to the increase in the prices of petroleum products.

All the officers of the task force have been asked to attend the meeting. The force constituted by the chief minister includes officers from the police, enforcement departments, agriculture and horticulture departments, traders, vendors and retailers. They monitor the rising prices of vegetables and food grains.

Task force member Rabindranath Kole has told that the prices of vegetables and food grains have remained high for the last one week in most of the markets of the city. Even cooking oil is selling at Rs 195-210 a liter, which was Rs 165- 180 a few weeks ago. Vegetables, which ideally should be priced at Rs 25-30 per kg, are selling at Rs 40-50 per kg due to the steady rise in fuel prices. Task force meetings have not been held since the start of the corona pandemic two years ago. The last meeting was held in December 2019.

Sources said that during the meeting on Thursday, the Chief Minister will give instructions to control the prices in view of the increasing inflation in the state. Apart from this, the members of the task force can also be asked to visit various markets and conduct campaigns for price control.