NEW DELHI: India is witnessing acute salt crisis, specially in Uttar Pardeh,
after the Modi-led government banned currency notes of higher denominations.
The price of salt has jumped up to Rs400 per kg (India Update).
The government’s sudden decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1,000
currency notes and shortage of lesser-denomination notes has caused a lot
of inconvenience to the people across the country, traders said.
“There is acute shortage of salt stocks,” said a trader adding that situation
would not come to normalcy till sufficient stocks supply.
Salt scarcity created panic among masses in India and people
looted salt godowns in Gonda district of UP. The panic stricken
shopkeepers shut their shops following the spread of the rumours.
India media has reported that the panic-stricken shopkeepers shut their
shops following the spread of the rumour.
In a bid to dispel the fears of the people, UP Chief Minister said that there
was no shortage of salt in the state. He urged the people not pay attention to the rumours.
Rubbishing the rumours of shortage of salt across the country,
especially in Uttar Pradesh where people were seen thronging shops
in sheer panic, the Centre has assured that there is no such deficit and has
called on the state government to take action on those spreading such rumours.