Srinagar, July 11: On the eve of Eid ulAdha, the government is accused of failing to implement prescribed fixed rates for sacrificial animals on ground in the valley.
A buyer, Nawaz Ahmad Reshi, 34 from PanthaChowk, Srinagar told Rising Kashmir that he was forced to buy the animals without weighing them.
“At the offered rates each animal cost me 25000 rupees, however, if weighed it would have been around Rs 1100/Kg,” he said.
Reshi alleged that no dealer is following the government orders. Another consumer Mohammad Ashraf from Bemina said that he is not able to understand why administration has failed to implement various orders on ground in the valley, including mutton rates, brick rates and now rates for these sacrificial animals.
Mohammad Kaiser from Lal Bazar, who sells sacrificial animals, told Rising Kashmir that the government has taken this decision “arbitrarily without taking traders/dealers into confidence.”
“According to me, this rate is not genuine, if the government had to fix the rate, they must have taken us into confidence, as these animals are already sold at higher rates in Delhi,” he said.
He added that the government must reconsider their decision of recently prescribed fixed rates for sacrificial animals. “Government should provide us with the livestock, then we shall sell that at fixed rates,” he remarked.
Abdul Rashid Bhat from Anantnag, who sells local sheep at Idgah, Srinagar said that he is selling live sheep @ Rs. 290/kg.
“It is not possible for me to sell the Kashmiri sheep at Rs. 270/kg as that rate shall incur huge losses,” he said.
He added that sheep/goats with various physical defects are sold at Rs. 550-600 rupees in mutton shops across the valley. He said that because of Eid they are being forced to sell sheep at prescribed fixed rates which cuts their profit. “It is sheer injustice as these rates are making us incur losses,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, President Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association Kashmir Manzoor Ahmad Qanoon told Rising Kashmir that they voiced their disagreement with the official in the previous meeting.
On July 8 the government fixed the rate for sacrificial animals. As per the order issued by the Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Kashmir Dr Abdul Salam Mir, the rates for Delhi Walla and Merino Cross varieties of Sheep have been fixed at Rs 285 a kg while as those of Bakerwal and Kashmiri varieties as Rs 270 a kg. The rate for goats has been fixed as Rs 260 per kg, reads the order.
The July 8 order came consequent upon the decision taken in a meeting of officials regarding fixing of rates of the sacrificial livestock. The rates had been fixed under the J&K Mutton Licensing and Control Order 1973 and SRO 31 of 1974, the order added.