“We observed that consumers’ complaints of closure of shops by mutton retailer shops are true. It was also found that they were doing this to create a fake scarcity of mutton to press for a hike in prices,” said Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, Assistant Director Enforcement, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.
He also confirmed that ‘warning posters’ were pasted on shutters and walls of mutton retail shops.
Action under law shall follow in case mutton retailer shops fail to reopen and resume selling meat as per govt fixed rates. We will invoke Shops and Establishment Act to take actions against violators,” Wani said.
He added that the govt fixed rate for mutton is Rs 480 per kilogram.
“The meat is sold at the same rate in Ladakh which gets supply via Kashmir. There is no logic to say that the rates are not genuine for sellers as Ladakh is selling meat at same rates,” he added.