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Amid Sgr-Jmu highway closure, Govt claims availability of adequate stock

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Black marketing, skyrocketing prices haunt consumers; Dir FCS&CA says 45 FIRs lodged, 7 shops sealed in ongoing month

Srinagar: Amid closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country remains closed from past ten days,  the government here on Thursday stated that there was no dearth of essentials  and said that “adequate stock is available to ensure the people don’t suffer.”

However, the black marketing as well as skyrocketing prices of essentials especially the food-stuff here has left the consumers suffer.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), local consumers said that black marketing and profiteering amid the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway is at peak.

They said the shopkeepers; street vendors are currently out to loot the people as per the will. “The highway closure has always been used as a tactic to loot the people. It’s proving goldmine for the black marketers as well the shopkeepers who are selling the essentials being used in day-to-day life,” the consumers said.

As already reported by KNO two days back, the consumers are being pushed to the wall as the prices of every essential especially the food stuff including the vegetables have gone up all of a sudden, thus leaving them to suffer.

Altaf Ahmad, a local consumer from Rawalpora had said that the vegetable dealers in Mandi should be dealt with strictly as they use to keep the food stuff hide always especially when the only road remains closed for the traffic.

“The street vendors have nothing to do with the soaring prices of essentials as they are receiving the stuff at exorbitant rates from the respective Mandis,” Ahmad had said, adding that it is unfortunate that the prices of essentials including vegetables vary from place to place.

“We are getting mutton at the cost of Rs 480 per kg in Lal Chowk areas while in Rawalpora, it is being sold at Rs 600 per kg,” he said, adding that Kale (Haakh) is being sold at Rs 100 while Onion, Tomatoes and Peas also are being sold at exorbitant rates everywhere.

Meanwhile, Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Bashir Ahmed Khan told KNO that there is no dearth of essentials as of now, saying that every essential was stocked well on time.

He said that 8 lakh quintal ration is currently available at FCI for two months while Gas is also stocked for almost 15 days. Khan further stated that adequate petroleum products are also stocked at present, thus there is no need to panic.

About black marketing and skyrocketing prices, Dire FCS&CA said that the market checking is going on daily basis and in this month only, the department has lodged 45 FIRs against the norm violators while seven shops too have been seized so far.

The drive against the norm violators will continue in the future as well, he said—(KNO)

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