Retail vegetable prices have increased in Chennai city. The main reasons for this were due to disruptions in the supply chain plus due to the constant hike in the fuel rates.
In the retail stores in Chennai, most veggies were priced at Rs 40 to Rs 50 per kg. This has been brought to light by the residents belonging to various suburbs of Chennai. This week, the rates of tomatoes went to Rs 70 per kg in some places. A kilogram of potatoes was priced around Rs 50. Point is the reasonably priced veggies are onions and cabbages in the retail markets.
Pushcart vegetable vendors were also selling the vegetables at different rates. This was as per a resident belonging to Anna Nagar West. She mentioned that the tomatoes cost anywhere between Rs 55 to Rs 70 per kg. A kilogram of beans and broad beans costs above Rs 60 in her area.
It must be noted that for just 2 persons in a family an amount of Rs 250 has been spent on a quarter kilogram of 4-5 vegetables every 2or 3 days. Another resident belonging toMogappair spoke about how people have shifted to vegetarian foods as fish and meat etc were not available during the lockdown. This was also responsible for the prices of vegetables to increase in the retail shops. It was later pointed out by some vegetable traders of Thirumazhisai market that fewer arrivals were one of the reasons why the prices were pushed up by 10 to 20 percent this week.
100 days of lockdown in Tamil Nadu and its effectiveness on controlling of COVID-19 infection
Today, 2nd July 2020 is a very important day in Tamil Nadu. The reason for that is today TN completes 100 days of lockdown.
When the Coronavirus infection began in the last week of March in TN handling the patient was very difficult. There were many incidents of infected persons and their relatives picked up and monitored by PPE clad health workers. This was followed by their streets barricaded with iron.
In the last 100 days, the number of Coronavirus positive cases increased in Chennai city and in TN. It has now become common to witness the above said incidents and dealing with Corona has become the new normal now. Understanding the Coronavirus and the effects of lockdown better has been done in the past 3 months. This was as per some senior officials.
It must be noted that TN has been spending above Rs 100 crores per month just for testing and tracking Coronavirus patients. This has burnt a deep hole into the TN exchequer. Another Rs 80 crores have been spent on logistics and local body expenditures. On Wednesday, PWD had sanctioned an amount of Rs 75 crores for the sake of improving the infrastructure of government hospitals.
Health secretary, Mr. J. Radhakrishnan explained how by lockdown TN was able to control the spread of Covid-19 infection. He revealed that the demand brought about by Coronavirus pandemic was higher than the demand brought about other issues like dengue etc. He added that advancements in medicine have resulted in increased recovery rates in TN.