Price of essential, including chicken, mutton sky-high in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 11 (UNI) The prices of almost all essential commodities, including chicken, mutton, eggs and vegetables have increased many fold as the traders were taking the undue advantage of the administration being busy in the poll process.

A dozen of eggs, which was being sold at Rs 24 before the announcement of seven-phase elections from November 17 by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), is now costing Rs 36, registering an increase of 50 per cent.

''Lakhs of eggs are imported from Punjab and other Indian states to Kashmir valley everyday. However, it is not clear how the 50 per cent increase was allowed by the authorities,'' said Abdul Aziz, an engineer.

A kg of chicken is now sold at Rs 95 to Rs 110 against Rs 65 a month ago in the city and its outskirts. The situation in rural and other district headquarter is no different as all chickens are imported.

According to an estimate, 30,000 chickens are consumed by the consumers in the valley daily, majority of them being imported from outside the state.

Similar increase was registered on the prices of vegetables being imported into the valley.

A kg of peas is Rs 40 to Rs 50 while beans Rs 30 and tomato Rs 30 per kg. However, the cost of local vegetables is near normal.

Against the government approved rate of Rs 125 per kg, meat is being sold at Rs 180 to Rs 200 per kg in the valley.

At an average, 5000 goats and sheeps are consumed by the consumers in the valley daily. However, the number increases during marriage and festival season.

Local fish is costing Rs 150 to Rs 170 per kg while Kashmiri nadroo is being sold at the rate of Rs 90 to Rs 200 per bundle.

The prices of coal and warm cloths has also increased in the valley.

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