Govt may regulate transportation charges for export of fruits

Srinagar: The government on Friday said it is working out modalities to regulate transportation charges for export of fruits to the outside states.
Speaking in the Legislative Council, the minister for Horticulture Abdul Rehman Veeri said the government “is evolving a comprehensive strategy” to regulate the cost of transporting fruits from Kashmir to different parts of India.
“Horticulture being the backbone of state’s economy needs special consideration and all out efforts are being made to curb overcharging and profiteering by the transporters,” he said.
Charanjeet Singh, however, stressed on safeguarding the interests of transporters while the policy is formulated.
The state government has already assured the growers and traders that export of the fruits to markets outside the state would be facilitated. As such, the government, within the onset of harvest season, has allowed empty trucks to return to the Valley via Mughal Road.
Also, the government has been appealing the growers to export only quality fruits. It has promised to bring in a quality control mechanism through which low-grade fruits would be prevented from reaching the markets outside.