|Lockdown: Prices of vegetables, fruits rise in Kupwara|
|WASIM MAJNOON MIR|
EARLY TIMES REPORT
KUPWARA, Apr 5: Due to the ongoing lockdown in Kashmir, the shopkeepers in district Kupwara selling vegetables, fruit, chicken and other essential commodities are looting consumers at will, by selling them on higher rates.
The vegetable vendors and shopkeepers are cashing on in the present situation but the district administration is sleeping over the issue. There should have been special teams to check how vendors and shopkeepers are fleecing people but sorry to say there is no check visible on the ground,” Tariq Ahmad, a local said.
Reports reaching here said that the rates of vegetables have been doubled from the past week as there is no check by the administration. Residents said that “From the past one week, there has been increase in the rates of fruits, vegetables and other essential commodities. What would a poor buy when he is unable to earn anything during this situation,” they questioned.
“We went to buy some vegetables but found that tomatoes were sold at Rs 60-70 per kg, onion at Rs 50-70 which was 20-30 per Kg earlier, oranges at 120 per dozen, eggs 160-180 per tray which was 110-120 per tray earlier, chicken-130 per Kg. Isn’t this an open loot?” they said.
While seeking cooperation from the public, an officer in Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Kupwara said consumers should come forward and help them to identify the offenders. “They will be dealt strictly under the law of the land,” Food officer told Early Times over phone.