Mutton prices spiralling this Ramadhan

Mutton prices spiralling this Ramadhan

Srinagar: The retail prices of mutton are spiralling in Srinagar markets, giving consumers tough time in the holy month of Ramadhan.
Consumers said that butchers in the city are selling meat anywhere from Rs 460 to Rs 500 a kilogram, against the government’s fixed rate of Rs 400.
Mutton consumption sees a hike in Ramadhan, and consumers are blaming the authorities for failing to check the rates.
“I am confused, why the prices of mutton increased in this holy month,” said Mohammad Rafiq, a resident of Srinagar.
“I buy a kilo of mutton at Rs 480. Some people are taking advantage of the black marketing, there is no one to stop them” he said, adding that the authorities were not caring about the suffering of the people, especially in the holy month.
“When we ask butchers whey they are selling meat at higher prices, they say go to another shop,” said Haleema Begum, another local resident.
Mutton dealers, on the other hand, blame the escalated prices of procuring sheep.
Mehraj- U- Din Ganie, Secretary General of All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association said the government had fixed the rate of Rs 400/kg in 2016.
“From 2016 to 2019 the government has not increased the rate for mutton. At that time we were giving 35,000 rupees as truck load charges, the trucks which are coming from the other Indian states” Ganie said.
“The load charges have increased,” Ganie said, “Besides we faced huge losses as sheep died due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway and highway ban.”
“We have already held a meeting with the government officials, they provide us those rates in which we can only get losses in business,” he said.
Ganie added that mutton dealers are not ready to continue the business, till the government takes proper decision regarding their demands.
Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department, Mohammad Qasim Wani said they are regularly checking the markets.
“We are taking strict action against those who violating rates charts in the markets,” Wani said.