Srinagar // The stalemate between the administration and meat dealers over meat prices in the Valley is likely to end, while the Kashmir Economic Alliance’s fact-finding committee covering meat prices in  outside  Mandis has submitted its report to the authorities. Led by Farooq Ahmed Dar, Convener of the Committee and Co-Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, the members of the committee on Monday submitted the report to the Director, Department of  Civil Supply, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and  Divisional  Administration. Compiled in Urdu and English the 18-page report details the prices of meat in Delhi, Rajasthan, Ambala and Amritsar markets.

KEA fact finding committee has proposed Breakup of  Rs 518.5 without internal parts. Although the price includes the profits of the  wholesalers and commission agents of Delhi, the profits of the butchers are not included in the report. The members have taken into account all the angles and circumstances of the meat in the valley, after which the price was fixed.

The Fact Finding Report on Mutton states that Rajasthan’s Sekhar Mandi has the best live cattle available, with a very good breed, while Amritsar has sheep and goats. According to the report, the average price of meat from Rajasthan Mandi to Kashmir reaches the valley at Rs. 541 per kg, while the average price of meat from Delhi Mandi to the valley reaches Rs. 527. The price of meat from Ambala to the valley is estimated at Rs. 516. The average price of meat from Amritsar to Kashmir has been fixed at Rs 490. Taking into account the prices of meat in all the four markets, the Fact Finding Committee has presented a break-up of the price of meat at Rs 518.5 per kg. It has been mentioned that the same committee members in  outside  mandis participated in fake bids to find out the real facts, met market traders, discussed with Meat Union officials, of Delhi, Ambala, Rajasthan and  Amritsar.

The fact-finding committee in its report also made recommendations and suggestions to the authorities, including regulating the business, raising issues with the concerned states to prevent illegal tax collection abroad and mutton dealers have been urged to adopt procedures outside the valley as well.

There are indications that the four-month standoff between the administration and the mutton dealers will end and the artificial shortage of meat in the valley has also ended. There has been a shortage of meat in the valley for the past two weeks and most butchers have closed their shops. the provincial administration fixed the retail price of meat in the valley at 480 and the wholesale price at 450, after which a dispute arose between the two sides over the prices, which is still ongoing. Authorities cracked down on butchers violating government prices. Following the intervention of the Kashmir Economic Alliance, the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, on the instructions of the provincial administration, sent a team to v ascertain  prices in outside Mandis , while a team from the Kashmir Economic Alliance, including Traders, contractors, journalists and industrialists, who visited the four  Mandis from December 20 to 28.

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