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Market checking drive conducted in Kargil

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Fine imposed against erring shopkeepers

KARGIL, MAY 14: An inspection team headed by Tehsildar Kargil Muhammad Salim Wazir and comprised of the members of the Enforcement Wing of FCS&CA, Inspector Food Safety, Municipal Committee and Police personnel on Monday conducted a market checking drive in various markets of Kargil town.

The drive was conducted from Fatima Chowk to Islamia School Chowk, Fruit Mandis of Kargil town and other business establishments.

The team thoroughly inspected more than 70 establishments and took stock of the hygienic conditions of food items like vegetables, fruits, meat and other food items available in the market. The charging of rates and other set standards were also checked.

During the course of inspection, 10 business establishments were penalized on spot for violating the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and Essential Commodities Act. A fine of Rs 4700 was collected from the offenders on spot.

Huge quantity of stale fruits and vegetables were also seized and destroyed on spot.

The shopkeepers and traders were asked to display the rate list prominently at their establishments besides maintaining cleanliness.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner has appealed all the traders to avoid black marketing or hoarding and warned of stern action against the violators under rules.

Specific directions have also been issued to the concerned officers to carry out frequent inspection and checking of the market so as to curb overcharging, black marketing, use of polythene and sale of substandard food items.

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