Fruits, veggies, chicken sold at exorbitant rates, claim consumers
Srinagar: With the onset of the holy month of Ramadhan, rates of fruits, vegetables, chicken and fish have increased dramatically.
Consumers complain of administration’s failure to check prices of essential commodities during the holy month.
Afroza Begum, a local woman, said the rates, especially of fruits and vegetables, have increase exorbitantly during Ramdhan.
“I buy fruits and vegetables at rates almost double the price I would buy them at before Ramadhan,” she claimed.
“I am confused as to why the rates of chicken, fruits and dates have increased? It is unfortunate that some people are taking advantage of the holy month and exploiting our helplessness and there is no one to stop them,” said Abdul Qayoom, a local resident of Bemina.
Ghulam Muhammad, who sells vegetables at Batamaloo said, “It depends upon the rates of the mandi. If the rates of the vegetables have increased in the mandi, the rates of vegetables will also increase accordingly.”
He refuted the claims that rates had increased, terming it a mere lie. “We usually get vegetables to sell from the mandi itself. From the beginning of Ramadhan, the rates of vegetables were very low in the markets. Consumers are just lying,” Ghulam asserted.
“There is also no fixed rate for chicken which is being sold at Rs 110 to Rs 130 per kilogram. Rates of dates have also increased as compared to last year”. Said Faizan Wani, an MBA student.
When contacted, Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department, Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani said that the department’s three enforcement teams were already checking different markets in Srinagar.
Wani said that market checking drives in Srinagar city would be conducted regularly during the holy month of Ramadhan. “In other districts, we have already alerted the FCS&CA teams. They are checking the markets regularly in the other districts as well,” he said.
“We have already issued a rate list in the markets. We appeal people to be aware of those shopkeepers who are not following rate lists”, he said.
While seeking cooperation from the public, the director said that consumers should come forward and “help us to identify the offenders”.