On Friday, Government has declared there is no shortage of salt in India and also advised the people not to panic in buying. The center has clarified after several reports of buying salt all over the country accompanied by rumors of shortage.

Reports say that salt is being sold in some parts at a high rate of Rs 250 per kg. The department of consumer affairs made clear that there is enough salt to meet even in a case of any unexpected shortage.

“We monitor the prices of 22 essential commodities on a daily basis. As per the rates reported by centers from across the country, there has been no increase in the price of salt whatsoever,” says, the department of consumer affairs in a statement.

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Rumours of salt shortage in several parts of the country made a way to a panic buying spree, with people rushing to shops with fear of the shortage may last for several days. It is reported about the rumor led to a panic buying in NCR, while the initial reports came from western Uttar Pradesh and soon spread to other states.

“The total production of salt in India, on an average, is about 220 lakh tones. Of this, only around 60 lakh tons is used for domestic consumption. The remaining quantity is for industrial use and exports. Thus, there is sufficient maneuverability to meet any sudden localized shortage, if any,” the department said.

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All districts magistrates in the Uttar Pradesh are directed by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to take strict measures to ensure panic buying of salt and act against rumor-mongers. He also slammed the ongoing rumors and declared that there is no shortage of salt and has directed all district supply officers to make sure that there is no hoarding of salt.