Inclement weather triggers unabated price hike of essentials
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Inclement weather triggers unabated price hike of essentials

Taking advantage of inclement weather, shopkeepers and vendors selling essential commodities, like vegetables, meat, milk and poultry items, are defying the government notified rate list and selling goods almost 30 percent dearer.

Taking advantage of inclement weather, shopkeepers and vendors selling essential commodities, like vegetables, meat, milk and poultry items, are defying the government notified rate list and selling goods almost 30 percent dearer. 

Clearly throwing the vegetable rates notified by the Directorate of  Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCSCA) to wind, vegetable sellers are ruling the roost. None of them, which this reporter visited in various civil lines areas, especially the city center such as Kokar Bazar and Maisuma were not in possession of the notified rate list which has been made effective by the department from December 31, 216.  

Haakh, the most common vegetable locally, is being sold at Rs 40 per kg while as per the government rate list it is priced at Rs 25 per kg. While there has been abundant local production of many vegetables recently, prices remained under control even during the months of the unrest but now prices of greens and other vegetables have abruptly increased ever since the first snowfall of the season on January 6. 

Potatoes (white) are sold at Rs 20/kg in the retail market while the government price list has notified it to be sold at Rs 12/kg. Market price around city centre for Tomatoes is Rs 30 per kg while government price for the same is Rs 20/kg. The most sharp increase in price is in that of lemons which is being sold at Rs 60/kg, much higher than the Rs 40/kg government rates. Cauliflower, Onions and Cabbage being sold at Rs 25/kg in the market are also dearer compared to the government notified prices of Rs 15, Rs 16 and Rs 10 per kg respectively. 

President, Parimpora Fruit Mandi, Bashir Ahmad Basheer said retailers have shot up prices of vegetables despite wholesale prices being stable. "Inspite of recent closure of the highway, sufficient stocks of vegetables are available at the mandi. The wholesale prices have remained stable but retail prices are increasing since last few days which the government should regulate," Basheer said.  

While the poultry rates notified by the FCSCA on January 9 has fixed price of broiler chicken (live) at Rs 105 per kg but most shops in the city are selling the same between Rs 115- Rs 125 while eggs notified at Rs 45/dozen are also being sold at much higher prices, said a consumer Asif Ahmad of Dalgate. Mutton which is notified to be sold at Rs 400 is being sold at Rs 20-Rs 30 costlier at most mutton shops. 

"No mutton shop follows the government rate which is unacceptable. One wonders what would be our fate if the highway gets closed for few days continuously," he said. 

Sky-rocketing of prices has now woken up the authorities which have asked FCSCA Department; Controller, Drugs and Food Control and Legal Metrology Department for jointly keeping a check on market prices. Joint Director, FCSCA Department Muhammad Qasim told Greater Kashmir that in view of complaints of profiteering, joint teams of these departments will be conducting market checking.

"Some section of shopkeepers and vendors are indulging in unfair trade practice and selling essential commodities higher than the approved prices. We are working jointly to ensure that market checking is intensified," Qasim said.

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