MINSK, April 6 (BelTA) — Speaker of the Republic Council of the National Assembly Natalya Kochanova inspected the Belarusian department store to check the prices of basic foodstuffs, non-food items and medicines, BelTA has learned. .
At the subsequent meeting of the upper house of parliament, Natalya Kochanova noted that price monitoring is one of the main tasks of senators. The speaker urged to intensify this work and to promptly report unreasonable price increases in retail chains and pharmacies and to address assortment issues. According to her, people living in all parts of the country, even in the most remote localities, should be able to buy everything they need.
“The government monitors prices. This task was set by the president a long time ago. Today it is more relevant than ever, because we understand that not only prices must be reasonable, but also the assortment must be adequate, the latter is also our concern. Thus, on behalf of the Head of State, members of the Council of the Republic got involved in controlling prices and the assortment in stores. Today I decided to see with my own eyes how things are going on the pitch. After all, you visit grocery stores more often than stores selling non-food items,” said Natalya Kochanova.
The speaker underlined: “The assortment is good there, everything is available. However, there was some panic buying when exchange rates started to change sharply. Some products were sold out, department store employees said. However, all commands are executed.
“We were also concerned about the availability of goods produced in our country, such as Gefest gas stoves, Atlant refrigerators, Belarusian televisions. Everything is available. Employees of the department store assured that prices for electrical appliances have risen by 10% since the beginning of the year, ”added Natalya Kochanova.
The first deputy director of the Belarusian department store, Vitaly Galitsky, noted that in March there was an increase in demand for certain types of goods, but now the situation is calming down. “Last month, our warehouse stocks allowed us to cope with the increase in demand, the rotation plan was respected. There was no deviation from the assortment policy: the goods were delivered and displayed quickly. We haven’t canceled promotions and discounts,” he said.
According to him, Belarusian manufacturers are taking advantage of the current economic situation and are actively working on import substitution. “There is a demand, there is a supply, especially since Belarusian products are known for their quality,” said Vitaly Galitsky.