Govt fails to implement its revised rate list for fruits, vegetables

No check on rate, quality of meat; price of chicken varies from shop to shop
Govt fails to implement its revised rate list for fruits, vegetables
The majority of the vegetable vendors are selling the eatables in violation of the new rates and do not have the revised rate list available with them. [Representational Image]File/ GK

Srinagar: The revised rate list for fruits and vegetables issued by the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) has seen poor implementation in the markets.

The department on Tuesday issued a revised rate list of vegetables and fruits to prevent overcharging and fleecing of consumers by the shopkeepers.

However a day later, it was observed that the revised rate list was yet to be implemented in the markets as the essentials and eatables are still at exorbitant rates in blatant violation of the new rates fixed by the government.

As per the new rate list, the rate of tomatoes has been fixed at Rs 50 but is still sold at Rs 80 in the market.

Similarly, the rate of two varieties of onion has been fixed at Rs 35 and Rs 25 which is, however, is sold at Rs 40 and Rs 30 in violation of the new rate list.

The majority of the vegetable vendors are selling the eatables in violation of the new rates and do not have the revised rate list available with them.

The rate of carrots (red and black) has been fixed at Rs 20 and Rs 40.

However, the retailers sell it at a higher price compared to the rates fixed by the department.

Likewise, the FCS&CA Department has issued a revised rate list for different fruits wherein the fruit vendors and retailers have been asked to sell a dozen of bananas (Grade I) at Rs 60 and Grade II at Rs 50.

However, the vendors are selling bananas (Grade I) at Rs 100 per dozen while other categories of the same fruit are sold at Rs 80 and Rs 70 per dozen.

The consumers are complaining of illegal hikes in the markets owing to the absence of the checking squads of the FCS&CA Department in the markets.

“The rate list has remained confined to only papers as there is no implementation of it on the ground. The consumers have been left at the receiving end,” said Muzamil Ahmad of Baramulla.

J&K continues to lead the chart in terms of recording the highest retail inflation across the country, recording 7.10 percent inflation during November.

Amid the complaints of poor implementation of the revised rate list of fruits and vegetables, the rate of chicken also varies from shop to shop.

At some places, chicken (broiler) is sold at Rs 140 to Rs 145 while at some other locations it is sold at Rs 130 to Rs 135 against the government fixed rate of Rs 110.

Also, the mutton is sold at Rs 600 per kg against the government fixed rates of Rs 535 per kg.

The consumers complained that cheap and low-quality meat of sheep breeds was being sold in the name of Delhi breed.

“The mutton retailers openly violate the government fixed rates but there is no action on the ground. The checking squad is nowhere visible on the ground and consumers continue to get fleeced,” said Muhammad Ibrahim of Srinagar.

Director FCS&CA Department, Kashmir Abdul Salam Mir told Greater Kashmir that all the retailers and vendors would implement the rate list from Thursday.

“The revised rate list was issued on Tuesday. It takes a day for distribution. The new rates will come into effect from Thursday,” he said.

About the complaints of quality and price of meat, he said the department seals the shops against whom any complaint is registered by the consumers.

“Our checking squad is active to check illegal inflation. Prompt action is taken after any consumer registers his grievance,” he said.

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