CAPD wakes up to overpricing, fixes rates of essentials

Rate list of vegetables, fruits notified

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 13 2018 9:09PM | Updated Date: Nov 13 2018 9:09PM
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In order to keep a check on overpricing of essential commodities in the markets, Consumer Affairs Public Distribution (CAPD) Department on Tuesday issued a fixed rate list for sale of vegetables and fruits in the retail market. 

The fresh rate list which has been issued after several months comes a day after a news report published by Greater Kashmir highlighted that overcharging of food items in the market is rampant due to lack of enforcement from the department.

CAPD on Tuesday notified rates of all sorts of fruits and vegetables which are being sold exorbitantly by shopkeepers and vendors in the open market.

As per the rate list, prices of potato has been fixed at Rs 18 (white potato) and Rs 22 per kilogram (red potato), onions at Rs 22 per kg while rate of tomatoes has been fixed at Rs 26 per kg. 

Among the traditional vegetables, price of saag has been fixed at Rs 40 per kg while lotus root or nadru produced from the Dal has been fixed at Rs 175 per bunch. 

Price of bananas as per their quality has been fixed at Rs 60 and Rs 70 per dozen.  Consumers have welcomed the new rate list saying only strict enforcement can lead to its proper implementation.

“Inclement weather often affects movement of goods trucks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. It leads to shortage in supply goods to the Valley which gives free hand to profiteers. The government issued price list can act as a deterrent for the overpricing in the market but only if CAPD implements it properly,” said Basit Ahmad, a consumer from Hyderpora.

However, consumers who buy vegetables from Sonwar bazaar market complain that there was no fixed pricing of the commodities there. “There is no accountability in Sonwar area where shopowners have their own rates,” said Farida, who as consumer, has even complained about the exorbitant prices in the market. 

In absence of a fixed rate list for poultry and mutton, prices of live broiler chicken has increased by Rs 20-Rs 30 in last few weeks as in most Srinagar markets as chicken is being sold at Rs 145 per kilogram. 

Similarly, mutton is being sold between Rs 420-Rs 440 per kilogram while its official rate fixed two years ago is Rs 400.  An arbitrary hike in prices of essential commodities is taking a toll on common people especially those from modest economic class adding a burden to their daily expenses. 

The new director Muhammad QasimWani, said the new price list will be implemented with help of enforcement and erring shopkeepers and vendors will be fined heavily.

“We have asked the enforcement teams to ensure that implementation of this price list takes place properly. We will also come out with a rate list for poultry and mutton soon so that people are not forced to buy at costlier prices. But it becomes duty of common people to come forward and inform the department in case they face overpricing,” said Wani. 

He said meetings with animal husbandry department have been held to effectively revise the poultry and mutton rates in a way that it does not burden the local poultry farmers as well. 

“The department has held deliberations with the poultry farmers and mutton producers and we are keeping their growth in mind as well. But taking into account, interest of the consumer a notification regarding mutton and poultry rates will also be issued soon,” Wani said.

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