Noida, March 27 -- Second day into the national lockdown, while people in Gautam Budh Nagar are already facing a shortage of essential items and have to stand in long queues outside provisional stores on one end, they are also being overcharged for essential products especially food items.

The district administration officials said they are monitoring the situation to keep shopkeepers from increasing the prices of essential goods during the 21-day national lockdown. However, residents of several sectors said they are being overcharged by several vendors.

"To keep people from going out we asked a fruit and vegetable vendor to set up a shop inside our society. Even the has increased the prices of certain commodities; For example, tomatoes w...