Shortage essential commodities in JK

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Srinagar, Jun 27: People in the Kashmir valley are facing acute shortage of essential commodities, including vegetables, milk and bread because of strike for the past four days.

The prices of almost all eatables had increased by many folds.

However, at some places the farmers distributed free of cost vegetables while others were sharing eatables with each other in the valley.

People in many areas in the city complained about the shortage of vegetables and milk because of the strike.

Vehicles carrying vegetables and milk from villages to city daily could not operate because of disturbances for the past four days.

However, in rural areas no shortage of essential commodities was felt because of enough local production. In some villages the prices of milk and vegetables were reduced as these could not be transported to the city.

Vegetables being imported from outside were almost totally out of stock. However, if any imported vegetable was available the prices were very high.

One kg of bringal costs Rs 50 and tomato was being sold Rs 30 per kg, which was more than a double a week ago.

However, at some places farmers distributed locally produced vegetables free of cost or at very lost cost among the people.

Since almost all people in Kashmir store rice, atta, sugar and dals for two to three months, there was no shortage of these articles.

However, due to closure of hotels and other restaurants, tourists and Amarnath pilgrims were facing difficulties.

UNI

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