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Illegal profiteering goes unchecked in Bandipora markets,

Locals accuse administration being hand in glove with traders.

Waheed Bhat

Bandipora, April 18-The authorities in Bandipora have miserably  failed to check an unprecedented rise in the prices of essential commodities with the onset of summer.

Locals say the traders and shopkeepers are looting the consumers in the name of price rise as authorities have failed to keep check on the market prices and illegal profiteering.

The prices of fruits and vegetables are skyrocketing as the shopkeepers charge whatever they want. The consumers hold the district administration responsible for its failure to control the prices. They allege the traders are selling commodities on rates higher than those prescribed on rate lists by CAPD.

As against the state administrations retail price of mutton at Rs 360 per kg, it’s sold at Rs 400 or Rs 500 while poultry is sold at 150 against prescribed rate of 105.

Consumers said other essential commodities are sold at inflated prices. “The government has confined itself to issuing the rate lists. Later they don’t monitor whether the given rates are followed in the market,” said Tanveer
Ahmad a resident of Nowpora.
Tanveer said not only mutton and poultry, vegetables and fruits are also sold on higher rates

Locals allege  CAPD of not checking the market for identifying illegal profiteering and alleged then of being hand in glove with the traders.

They demanded that authorities should carve out an effective system for controlling the prices and discouraging the traders and shopkeepers from
fleecing the consumers in the district.

Though CAPD issued price lists of essential commodities and got these published in local newspapers and put in
place checking squads, official price lists were observed more in breach.

Assistant Director CA&PD Bandipora, Shariq Iqbal, said due to issues related to implementation of NFSA the checking got affected and assured marching checking squads will be revived again

When Contacted Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora,Khursheed Ahmad Sanai, he said they have constituted a team for checking and the team will soon  will start market checking and all grievances related rates will be sorted out as soon as possible.