Ahead of Eid, consumers in soup
*Mutton price shoots up in business hub;*From `220 to `235 as against fixed `180/KG
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Nov 13: Notwithstanding the government claims of keeping the prices of essentials under control ahead of the Eid-Ul-Azha, mutton is being sold at exorbitant prices that too at its business hub, the Nawpora in Shahr-e-Khaas.
The mutton sellers, as per the customers, didn’t listen to any pleas on the exorbitant prices.
“I inquired about the mutton price from a number of shops in Nowpora but no one was willing to sell at price less than Rs 235,” complained Nasir Khan.
Khan said finally he found no options but to buy the lot at arbitrary price.
“Given the demand of food items, the government should have kept the prices under control but nobody seems to be caring for Kashmiris,” said a customer at Barzulla in uptown.
Pertinently the price hike has come at a time when the mutton sellers were already selling the lot at exorbitant prices.
Much against the government fix rate of Rs 180 per Kg, revised two years ago, the customers have been buying the mutton at Rs 220 per KG.
The Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) said the department was monitoring the market prices.
“We have already booked many mutton sellers and Rs 1400 fine has been recovered form them,” he said.
The director however blamed the customers for the inflation.
“Nobody is willing to come forward to file a complaint about mutton prices,” the Director told Greater Kashmir.
He said the complainants should call the Helpline No 2455019
Lastupdate on : Fri, 12 Nov 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 12 Nov 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 IST
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