Market checking intensified ahead of Eid
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SRINAGAR: In view of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, senior officers of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Legal Metrology and Revenue Department conducted joint market inspection in Srinagar and other rural districts of Kashmir province.

In Srinagar city, field officers inspected Karan Nagar, Kaka Sarie, Safa Kadal, Shalteng, Nowshera, Lal Bazar, Hazratbal, Pantha Chowk, Batawara, Athawajan, Sanat Nagar and Chanpora localities where more than 50 erring traders were booked and penal sum of more than Rs 46000 was realised on the spot.

The nature of offences committed include under-weighing, non display of rate lists, overcharging, misuse of domestic gases at commercial establishments, etc. The offenders include bakery and confectionary traders who put up bakery products for sale without proper labelling. Besides, some butchers were fond selling sacrificial sheep and goats on weighing scales which were defective and seized on the spot.

Moreover, the field executives in the rural districts of Kashmir conducted inspections and booked around 200 erring traders for whom Rs 1.15 lakhs were realized as fine for violations of various acts and rules.

Meanwhile, the District Development Commissioner Budgam Dr. Sehrish Asgar also launched a massive drive today against profiteers, black-marketeers and hoarders infesting the market ahead of the Eid.

Additional District Development Commissioner Budgam, Khursheed Ahmad Sanai along with DSP (HQ) Budgam, Tehsildar Budgam, Officers from Municipal Committee Budgam, CAPD, Food Safety and Legal Metrology Departments carried out market checking at Budgam, Ichgam and Ompora areas.

During the special drive, Rs 12000 were realised as fine from 27 offenders. Besides, some eatable items, mustard oil, flour and rotten vegetables were destroyed. A sizeable quantity of polythene was also seized. The shopkeepers and store owners were directed to sell the items as per rate list and those indulging in violations will be brought to book.

The DDC also visited some places where sacrificial animal have been kept for sale by dealers and directed them to charge the rates approved by the government and display the rate-list.

During the market checking, some medical stores were also checked and the owners were directed to maintain the medicine management register as per format devised by the Health Department while one medical shop has been put on notice for violating certain norms. People of Budgam have hailed the drive and requested the administration to continue it throughout the year.

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