Odisha's food supplies and consumer welfare minister S N Patro Wednesday appealed to the people not to go for panic buying of essential commodities as the very severe cyclone 'Titli' approaches the state's coast.
Cyclone 'Titli' over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is likely to make a landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh early Thursday morning at a speed of 145 kmph.
The minister said he has instructed all district collectors to keep a tab on the market as a section of traders is allegedly attempting to hoard essential items.
The government will take stringent action against the hoarders, he said.
There is no need to procure more and people should purchase the required quantity of provisions, he added.
He said the traders have been asked not to sell items like potatoes, onions and other items at high prices.
People, especially in the coastal areas of the state were seen buying extra quantities of vegetables and other food items and even fuel in view of the cyclone. They are also demanding additional diesel for the generators to operate water pumps.
Commodities like candles and torches are also in high demand.
(With inputs from agencies.)