Srinagar: Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) has expressed concern over the artificial shortage of meat in the Valley during the holy month of Ramadhan and advised the stakeholders to resolve the issue amicably.
During a press conference in Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Dar, co-chairman KEA, said that people in the valley consume more meat during Ramadan, however, due to the shortage of meat, citizens face difficulties. Farooq Ahmad Dar asked the administration to resolve the issue with the butchers and consider their demands sympathetically.
Dar said that last year the Divisional Administration had fixed the rate of meat at Rs 535 per Kg, but prices have not been raised since then. Dar said that since the Alliance had settled the matter between the stakeholders as a facilitator last year, it was its moral obligation to end the deadlock between the Stakeholders at this stage as well.
He urged the administration to resolve the problem amicably so that people do not face shortage of meat during the holy month of Ramadhan and Eid. Dar also urged the administration to withdraw the March 18 notification which was extended for six months.
He said that fuel prices had gone up from the last year. As a result, transport fares also increased. He asked the government to take into account all these issues and solve the problem of the butchers and increase the prices as per the regulations.
He requested CAPD to stop sealing butchers shops until the matter is settled, as this could lead to more meat shortage during the holy month of Ramadhan. (KNT)