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As Govt acts tough on mutton rates, retailers sell chicken

Retailers said they are forced to sell the chicken as they cannot procure mutton from wholesale dealers at government prescribed rates.

Post by on Friday, November 20, 2020

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Srinagar, Nov 20: After the government fixed the rates of mutton at Rs 480 per kg some meat retailers have started to sell the chicken at their shops to earn the livelihood.

 

Retailers said they are forced to sell the chicken as they cannot procure mutton from wholesale dealers at government prescribed rates.

 

"Mutton dealers do not sell us meat at such cost due to which we have to bear the brunt," Mohammad Ashraf, a butcher, said.

 

Ashraf said he has to keep his kitchen running so he began to sell the chicken at his shop.

 

"Till the issue between whole dealers and government gets sorted we are forced to do something to earn our livelihood," he said.

 

Retailers said that wholesale dealers deny to sell the meat at the fixed rates and if the government has taken initiative then they should help us in procuring the meat at such rates.

 

"Why doesn't the government think about us. In the rift between dealers and government we are just suffering," said Manzoor Ahmad Hakhroo, another butcher.

 

Retailers claim that though the government has set a fixed price, there are many wholesale dealers who sell meat at a price of Rs 600 per Kg clandestinely.

 

"Why isn't government registering a case against those wholesalers when they sell mutton at huge prices, why only local butchers are made to suffer," Hakhroo asked.

 

The butchers want the issue to be resolved at the earliest and urged the government to ensure that meat is sold in the markets.

 

"Government should not only be after fixing the rates but should ensure that meat reaches to the common people," Mohammad Ashraf added.

 

The stalemate between mutton dealers and government have also taken a toll on common people as well.

 

Government is dragging this issue to a great length. This matter should be resolved as soon as possible, so that common people don't suffer," said Tabassum, a local.

 

Meanwhile, an official, wishing anonymity said that the government won't budge on the current rates.

 

"We have fixed the price. We can't allow mutton dealers to increase the prices according to their own whims and fancies, " an official said.

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