Majid Kapra

7 mutton dealers booked in Srinagar for overcharging

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SRINAGAR: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affair (FCSCA) department, Tuesday registered cases against several retail mutton dealers in Srinagar for violating the government approved rate list.

A team of FCSCA led by Enforcement Director, Mushtaq Ahmad conducted surprise checking of several areas in Srinagar and booked seven mutton dealers for violating the rates approved by the district administration recently.

The checking squad lodged FIRs against the violators for selling meat against the rates approved by the Divisional administration earlier this month. Several vegetable and poultry sellers were also booked for overcharging.

The action followed after complaints were received against some retail mutton dealers selling the mutton @ Rs 600 per Kilogram against government fixed rate of Rs 480.

It may be in place to mention that Divisional administration recently fixed rates of per kilogram mutton at Rs 480 (retail) and 450 wholesale in Kashmir valley. The meeting of Rate Fixation Committee was chaired by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang Kondbarao Pole on 2nd November.

Talking to media, Enforcement Director, Mushtaq Ahmad said seven retail mutton dealers were booked for violating government approved rate list. He said action was also taken against some vegetable and poultry dealers for overcharging customers.

“We have launched a drive against those dealers who violate government approved rate list. Seven FIRs were lodged in this regard while action against several vegetable and poultry dealers was also taken for overcharging customers,” he said.

The Enforcement Director appealed people to buy meat and poultry products on prescribed rates and bring any violation by dealers into the notice of authorities.

“Since we lack manpower, it’s also the responsibility of the people to bring any violation on part of the dealers into our notice. Mohalla committees are also advised to keep regular check on mutton dealers in their respective areas to avoid violation,” he added.

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