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Mutton sellers defy govt notified rates, sell meat at high rates

Post by on Thursday, August 18, 2022

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Srinagar, Aug 17: Despite clear directives of selling mutton at Rs 530, retailers at many places continue to violate the government notified rate.
Locals of Srinagar said that the retailers at different places sell mutton meat at Rs 650 to 700 per kg.
One of the locals, Ahmed Bilal told Rising Kashmir that when he asked the retailer about the violation, he said that there is no infringement.
Bilal said that the mutton retailer told him,“all the rates which are being notified don’t work on ground. If we continue to sell the mutton at the government fixed rate, we won’t have any profit.” 
Another local of Nawakadal said that most of the meat retailers don’t follow the government directives and sell the meat as per their fixed rate.
Last year, the mutton dealers had gone for a strike over the retail price of mutton between the government and dealers.
Kashmir’s mutton industry had claimed a cumulative loss of Rs 400 Crores during the past four months.
Later the 'fact-finding committee' formed in this regard in its report to the government submitted had said that the mutton retail dealers in Kashmir obtain grade-A meat at Rs 518 per kilogram.
Director of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Dr Abdul Salam Mir told Rising Kashmir, “We are taking immediate action on basis of the complaints of the customers.”
Mir said, “I think, we will soon revive the rate for mutton sale in Kashmir.” 
He also said, “So far we have recovered more than Rs 40 lakh from the different retailers of Kashmir for violation of government rates.”

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