Srinagar: After almost a gap of four months, the stalemate over mutton rates finally ended on Wednesday after a threadbare discussion between mutton dealers, members of Kashmir Economic Officers and the District Administration Kashmir.
Talking to KNO, after meeting the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole, Khazir Muhammad Regoo, President Retail Mutton Dealer’s Association, and Farooq Ahmad Dar, Co-chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance, announced that all mutton shops will open from Thursday.
“We had a threadbare discussion with the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir. Government is not ready to fix Rs 550 as the rate for per kg mutton and after discussions, the new rate has been fixed at Rs 535 per kg, ” Regoo said, adding that even though there is very less profit in the new rate, they have agreed to sell meat at Rs 535 per kg from Thursday.
“In the interest of people, all mutton shops will open in Kashmir and mutton will be sold at Rs 535 per kg,” he said.
Present on the occasion, KEA Co-chairman, Farooq Ahmed Dar, said that there were some black sheep in the mutton trade who were not allowing the stalemate to end. “In the interest of Kashmir’s ailing lot, the general public and the 35000 families who are associated directly and indirectly with the mutton trade, we agreed with the rate suggested by the government. In the past four months, there has been Rs 800 crore loss to the mutton industry of Kashmir,” Dar said.
Pertinently, mutton has been off the markets in Kashmir in the past four months and people were facing a severe shortage of meat.
Black marketing of mutton will end now and people will heave a sigh of relief,” said Dar who himself went to mandi’s of Rajasthan, New Delhi and other parts of India. “We had suggested a Rs 550 rate per kg. But the government was not satisfied with this rate and after thorough discussion, Rs 535 was agreed upon,” he said.
Asked how much loss the mutton industry has suffered in the past four months, he said: “Mutton industry is a big in Kashmir and this industry has suffered Rs 800 crore loss.” (KNO)