Ramadhan `loot’

Come this holy month and the prices of even essential commodities soar

Greater Kashmir
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 23 2018 10:53PM | Updated Date: May 23 2018 10:53PM

The public notice issued by the directorate of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department Kashmir (FCSCA) notwithstanding, Ramadhan `loot’ continues unabated across Kashmir. The butchers, the vegetable vendors, and the fruit sellers are accountable to none, and extract the maximum from gullible people in this holy month. The rates fixed by the FCSCA are observed in breach. A kilogram of mutton is sold at 430 to 450. The rate fixed by the department is Rs 400. The butchers violated the FCSCA rates the day they were announced, and started charging Rs 410 for a kilogram of mutton. But as the Ramadhan started, they have been charging Rs 430 and even Rs 450 at several places, according to some reports. Eggs are sold at Rs 50 per dozen which means a single egg costs more than Rs 4.  Similarly the rate for broiler chicken was fixed at Rs 110 per kilogram but the sellers are demanding Rs120 and at times Rs 130. A kilogram of tasteless imported apples costs Rs 350. Curiously the rates vary from shop to shop which confirms that the traders are out to take undue advantage of the holy month.  Normally the traders should have offered some rebate during the holy month.  Special discount is offered across India on the occasion of Diwali but the reverse has happened in this neglected land. Come Ramadhan and the price of even essential commodities soars up. The people are aghast and have accused the authorities of total failure to keep a check on the market. The concerned minister when approached by media persons said directions have been issued to officials to take stern action against the violators. However, the change has not been felt on the ground, at least not till date. The concerned authorities have to do something now. The market cannot be controlled from the posh offices through paid advertisement or by giving wide publicity to the rate lists. The authorities must constitute special teams to monitor the market. The violators have to be brought to the book.



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