Due to fears of scarcity and shortage of labour and packaging material, the cost of rice has gone up by 20% The prices of. other essential items like dhal and cooking oil have also started rising due to soaring demand.
In some cities even bread and biscuits were in short supply due to the non availability of yeast which is an essential ingredient. Nobody is questioning the price rise as consumers are only focussing on the availability of goods. Many rice mills have shut down due to shortage of labour. Prices of pulses has increased by 20 to 30% after the lockdown as many dhal mills are barely functioning due to shortage of labour.