Special market-checking squad constituted here on the instructions of the deputy commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary undertook rigorous inspection of markets at Hazratbal area on Saturday.
The inspections were undertaken in efforts to ensurefair-pricing of commodities during the ensuing Me'raj ul Alam celebrations.
During the inspection, eight traders were booked and fined8500 rupees in aggregate for violating different legal metrology norms.
Strict instructions were issued to all kinds of business establishmentsand sellers of essential commodities located in all concerned areas to ensurestrict adherence to approved rates and desist from overcharging.
The DC has instructed the concerned departments to ensurethorough market-checking and strict adherence to fair-pricing of essentialcommodities sold in markets in areas where major congregations are held duringthe Me'raj ul Alam celebrations. He has instructed for continuous marketinspections throughout the period of celebrations in efforts to preventover-charging and profiteering in markets.
Dr Shahid has warned all business establishments and sellersagainst overpricing of commodities and appealed the general public to reportinstances thereof at the DC Office helpline.