Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Threatened Hoarding the Basic Needs to be Sentenced

By : Anisa Triyuli And Aldi Firhand A | Thursday, May 17 2018 - 22:17 IWST

Mendag Enggartiasto Lukita (Foto Dok
Mendag Enggartiasto Lukita (Foto Dok - Semarang - Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita threatens the hoarders not to stock up on basic necessities ahead of Ramadhan and Lebaran considering the government will take decisive action and prosecute the law.

"Do not let that happen because decisive action will be done to anyone who hoarded at the time of basic commodities in the market does not exist and the price rises, but in the abundant warehouse," said Enggartiasto Lukita in Semarang, Wednesday (16/05/2018)

It was said during the 12th Indonesian National Dialogue which was also attended by Minister of Social Idrus Marham and Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi.

The Minister of Trade said the government wants and strives that during Ramadhan and Lebaran all basic necessities are available in the market at an affordable price.

For that, he said, Ministry of Trade will continue to monitor the price and stock of basic commodities in the market to always be available at affordable prices.

"We will deploy hundreds of Ministry of Trade employees to go directly to markets throughout the province to monitor the stocks and prices of basic commodities, which if there is direct turmoil in stocks and price stabilization," Enggar said.

For that, said Enggar, the Ministry of Trade in cooperation with the Police and other ministries to jointly monitor the stock and price of basic needs. "Price stability and stock guarantee are not only the role of the Ministry of Trade but also the role of ministries and agencies," said the Minister of Trade, asserting the supply and price of basic necessities ahead of the holy month of Ramadhan in safe condition and can meet the needs of the community.

"Ministry of Trade will conduct direct monitoring in 34 provinces, so that the supply and price of basic commodities in a safe and stable condition, especially for medium quality rice," he said as quoted by Antara.

The government, added the Minister of Trade, wants basic commodities to be safe in general and keeps well so as not to contribute to inflation.

In an attempt to secure the supply and price of rice, he said, the government has taken steps to require rice traders to sell medium quality rice.

In fact, Enggartiasto has ordered Bulog to supply rice to traders, with a selling price to consumers of Rp8,950 per kilogram.

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