SRINAGAR: The mutton wholesalers and dealers association of Kashmir on Wednesday staged a protest against the government for ‘pushing their families towards starvation’.
According to the news agency KNO, the scores of mutton wholesalers and dealers assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave here and raised slogans in favor of their demands.
Sahil Ahmad, one of the protesters said that their shops are closed from last one month after the government fixed fresh rates for mutton. “In an interview, the concerned Director has claimed that 20 shops are open and selling meat at the rate of Rs 480 per kg. But, we want to tell the Director Sahab that there are at least 30,000 families who are belonging to this trade and are suffering at present,” he said.
He added that if the government sticks to its order, then it should provide them mutton on its own at less rates so that they can sell meat as per the fixed rates.
“The government should hold a meeting with the mutton dealers again and address our concerns,” he said, adding that in case the government is reluctant to fulfill their demands, it should give them an alternative too to earn their livelihood.