Kerala’s high-priced markets have become an issue of contention among economists and politicians as they seek to control the high prices that some consumers are forced to pay to shop at such places.
But what they don’t know is that many of the markets are among the most affordable in Kerala.
Many of these are the main arteries of commerce in the state, and have long been popular with the middle class.
They are also the places where many middle-class people live and work.
For instance, at the market, food, beverages, snacks, jewellery, cosmetics, cars and other household items are sold, as well as the food of the poor, said Anand Patil, a senior economist at the Centre for Policy Research.
This makes Kerala a perfect market for speculators who seek to make their money on the cheap.
The state government has set up a committee to oversee the operation of the market and has been working on ways to limit prices.
The committee is currently working on a plan to allow the market to open on a first-come, first-served basis, which will allow traders to move in and out as they like, said state government spokesperson Pravin Gokhale.
However, the state government is not yet ready to open the market.
“This is a matter of concern for the traders and also for the government,” said Vinod Kumar, who heads the Committee for Development of Markets in Kerala and is the former chairperson of the Kerala Market Development Authority.
“We need to keep an eye on the situation.”
Kerala is one of the most deprived states in India.
Many of the poorest communities in the country, especially the rural poor, face an acute shortage of basic goods, like food, fuel and medical supplies.
For this reason, most traders are willing to charge high prices for goods and services.
“Some traders are very savvy, they know the markets and know how to get around,” said Rajan Thakur, president of the Association of Indian Retail Merchants (AIMS).
“They can make more money in Kerala than elsewhere.”
In fact, the market has become a focal point for speculations in recent times.
The markets are also seen as havens for drug smuggling, which has increased in recent years.
“Drug trafficking in Kerala is a major concern for us,” said Thakul.
“They are selling drugs for very cheap.
If the drug market is not regulated, we can see the result of such illegal activities.”
In January this year, Kerala was hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, which led to the death of at least 17 people, including 10 children, and the spread of the pandemic across the state.
The market is often a battleground in the ongoing debate about how to regulate the industry.
The government has made it clear that the market should be regulated as it is, but it has also said that there should be rules that make it clear who owns what.
“If a trader doesn’t want to sell goods, he should not be able to do so,” said Kumar.
While there is debate over whether or not the market is a good place for traders to operate, there is also a debate over who should regulate it.
The Kerala Government has set the criteria for the registration of a company in the market as well, and it also says that it is in charge of ensuring that the traders abide by the rules.
However the Kerala government has yet to give any clear answer on who will decide who can operate in the markets.
“We have not been able to provide an exact answer to the question of who is going to be in charge,” said Vithu Ramesh, a spokesperson for the Kerala Government.
“It will be a matter for the market authorities.”
But in a letter to traders in the city of Vellore, the State government says it will consider all the information received from the market operators.