oarding and black marketing goes on unabated despite the agreement between butchers and the administration was reached only two ago.
Shutters of mutton shops are down and sale is going on clandestinely at Rs 600 per kg.
Butchers wishing not to be named told GMK that Rs 535 is too low for us to resume routine business. We can sell below par quality mutton (army supply) at Rs 535. This is the reason we charge Rs 600 for routine meat.
“The agreement reached recently cannot be implemented because it is impossible for us to bear loss and sell at Rs 535. These agreements have been in past also but the implementation is far fetched for us. ” Said one butcher from Lalbazar.
People have been watching the tug of war between strong butcher lobby and the government as mere spectators for the past four months.
One of the butcher told GMK that none of any butcher is still able sell mutton on government rates. Adding that they are getting 520 as a wholesale rate from dealers.
“We are getting 520 to 530 as a wholesale rate, so how will we sell at 535? We will talk to the mutton dealers to provide us mutton as per government rates, if they agree, only then we can sell meat as per govt rates. We cannot suffer losses,” said one of the butcher on conditions of anonymity.
“Shops were closed from last four months because of government action, we were compelled to sell the meat at low prices, which we cannot afford to do,” he added.
The deadlock over the mutton prices has left consumers to fend for themselves and the dealers continue to sell the mutton at Rs 600 per kilogram in the black market.