SRINAGAR — With the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, the prices of fruits and vegetables have gone sky-high with people questioning the administration for failing to keep a check on prices set by the roadside fruit vendors.
The fruit vendors, however, attribute the price hike to the increase of wholesale rates by dealers in fruit mandis.
A fruit vendor selling the fruits on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway told KNO that the increase in the price of fruits and vegetables is because of the rates decided by the wholesale dealers in the mandis.
“We get the fruits at high rates and sell it accordingly,” he said.
A senior citizen told KNO that fruit vendors decide the rates on their own as there is no checking parameter for them.
“Throughout the valley, most of the fruit vendors have become a mafia. The law-enforcing agencies merely make tall claims but nothing good happens on the ground,” he said.
President of the Fruit Mandis Association, Bashir Ahmad Bashir, said fruits and vegetables are sold at reasonable wholesale rates and as per the demand and supply, the concerned department has to check the retail vendors who are selling at high rates.
“An items which one gets in the mandi for Rs 50 is being sold in the retail market for 100 hundred. To regulate the rates in the market, the concerned department has to come forward to enforce the genuine rates,” he said.
Director FCS and CA Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Khan, did not respond to repeated calls and messages to comment on the issue. (KNO)