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Now mutton to sell Rs 480 a kilo in Kashmir: Govt



Div Com stresses on strict implementation of official rates

Srinagar, Nov 2:  Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, PK Pole Monday chaired a meeting of Rate Fixation Committee and fixed rates of retail mutton at Rs 480 a kilogram and Rs 450 as wholesale rates in Kashmir.

The meeting, among others, was attended by Director FCS&CA, Director Animal Husbandry, ADC Srinagar, JD Extension, Technical Officer Sheep Husbandry besides members from mutton retailers and wholesalers associations and media persons, an official spokesperson said.

The Div Com during the meeting said that rates have been fixed after taking all factors including, production cost, transportation, processing, cutting and all other charges into consideration.

He said that now onwards mutton rates shall be revised annually as per government’s wholesale pricing index.

Stressing on the strict implementation of official rates, the Div Com said that stringent action including FIRs shall he registered against mutton dealers and butchers if found selling mutton on higher rates or resorting to any kind of violations against the official rates.

The meeting was informed that out of 81 FIRs, 42 have been registered against mutton dealers only while an amount of Rs 4.63 lac fine has been imposed on offenders in different districts of Kashmir during the month of October.

The Div Com said that despite the increase in the local production, we have to import around 70 percent mutton from other states and urged all stakeholders to cooperate for the implementation of official rates.

He appealed to the wholesale dealers to buy mutton as per the rate list from outside mandis or dealers from different states to avoid overcharging or black marketing of the mutton.

During the meeting, members from mutton dealer association raised various issues with the Div Com and demanded prompt and proper measures are taken for hassle-free mutton trade.

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