Freight subsidy on wheat withdrawn: Prices shot up in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 4: The Kashmir Economic Alliance led by Muhammad Yaseen Khan today said the withdrawal the subsidy on freight of wheat has shot up the prices of the wheat in the Valley.
Khan said that under open market sales scheme (OMSS) the price of wheat in Punjab is Rs 1500/quintal and in Jammu Rs 1541.  “But in Kashmir the price is Rs 1761/quintal,” he added.
‘Earlier the prices would be same in Jammu and Kashmir. The carriage from Jammu to Srinagar was subsidized by the central government. This subsidy ensured uniformity of rates of wheat between Kashmir and Jammu. This facility was given to Kashmir because there is no railway connectivity. And hence it was subsidized by the central government to ensure adequate supply of wheat in the Valley besides regulating the price of wheat in Kashmir.”
Khan said: “After the BJP-led government came into power, the central ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution has decided not to subsidize the transportation cost from Jammu to Kashmir. As a result of which the prices of wheat and wheat products have shot up sharply putting extra burden on the common Kashmir in comparison to people living in other region of the same state.”
“Kashmir a non-wheat producing area imports all its wheat requirement. The order of the central CAPD ministry would hit thousands of bakers in Kashmir,” he said in a statement.