Kupwara consumers allege overcharging by shopkeepers

They alleged that the shopkeepers were overcharging on the essential food items including the milk and the vegetables.

AMIN MASOODI
Kupwara, Publish Date: May 24 2018 1:17AM | Updated Date: May 24 2018 1:17AM
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The consumers here on Wednesday complained that the shopkeepers in the district were enjoying a field day in absence of any market checking the authorities.

They alleged that the shopkeepers were overcharging on the essential food items including the milk and the vegetables.

“The lose milk is sold at Rs 40 per litre, while the government fixed rate is Rs 35. For broiler they charge Rs 130 per kilogram, eggs Rs 60 a dozen tomato Rs 40 to 50 per kilogram, the locals said, adding that the rates being charged were much higher to what has been fixed by the government. 

"I perforce purchased lose milk @ Rs 40 a litre, when the shopkeeper did not listen to my plea that as per the official rate list, it is to be sold at Rs 35. The shopkeepers also overcharge on vegetables and mutton," said Riyaz Ahmad Mir, a Kupwara resident.

"Some unscrupulous shopkeepers are virtually fleecing the consumers. They must be fined and booked under law," demanded Rayees Ahmad Chopan of Tikker.

A local officer of the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, said the erring shopkeepers would not be spared.

"The consumers should register complaint with us. The erring shopkeepers would be duly fined for any violation of the rate list,” he said.

Market checking would also be conducted at regular intervals to put a check on profiteering, he said.

 

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