The Valley of kashmir has been in news because of its political scenario from last three decades. However, one thing that has been ignored by the higher-ups again and again is the fact that the essential items are being sold in markets at willful prices right under the nose of authorities.
Earlier, in previous years, when the Kashmir Valley witnessed a complete shutdown due to the uncertainty, we saw the phenomenon of hoarding, day to day eateries like milk, rice, oil, vegetables and other basic food items were sold for three times its actual price. The possession of roosters in that time of distress was considered gold. Such things happen only in Kashmir, because we have buyers available for any price.
In the current scenario various eateries are being openly sold for higher costs, where the official rate is way less than that. Interestingly, in various places these shops are just adjacent to higher ups, but unfortunately nobody acts and nobody complains and the business goes on.
Even though the government may argue that meat and chicken is not under common essential items. However, for the habitual regularity with which Kashmirs have been consuming meat and chicken, it is all imperative that mutton intake is entailed in the eating pattern of a common kashmiri.
Though there is a legal metrology department in place which overlooks the pricing system of items sold in valley markets. However, somehow for certain items even they like to watch the happenings from the safety of the shore. They are minding some other business which the public has not been made aware of instead of doing what they are mandated to do.
Having said that the purchasing power of a certain section of Kashmiri middle class who work as government employees has increased many times over with the 7th commission, but there is a vast sea of people who cannot afford the basic food items it is the responsibility of the government to look into the matter and ensure that stocks are avail all the times. Besides, as responsible people we must immediately report to relevant authorities as and when we feel any norms are being violated.