Holy Ramadan commences in Kashmir, price of essential commodities skyrockets

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ramadanAs the holy month of Ramadan commences in Kashmir the markets wore a different look.

The food stalls and vendors have put up huge layers of dates – from different places with distinct variety. Imported confectionery items have been decorated in a manner to woo the customers.

The streets remained busy with shoppers and during evening hours the markets were crowded.

As the holy month embarked — the prices of essential commodities began to sky rocket.

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“Prices went high overnight. When I shopped a day before yesterday the prices were reasonable but today the scene was totally different,” says Altaf Hussain.

People say that the vegetables are being sold at much higher price. “Vegetables are being sold at double price than original,” Hussain adds.

During Ramadhan there hardly goes any household in Kashmir which doesn’t cook non-vegetarian and taking advantage of this thing shopkeepers hike the prices of mutton and chicken.

“The shopkeepers know that the demand during this month remains quite high so they sell things at higher prices,” says Ghulam Ahmad, a local.

In addition to chicken, mutton and vegetables — the prices of other things have also gone up.

“Bread, confectionery items, dates – everything has become expensive suddenly,” Ahmad adds.

“There is huge difference between the rates at which things were sold last year and this year,” Hussain adds.

The government however, has said that they will be keeping a check on the market to regulate the prices during this month but on the ground the situation is quite the opposite.

Lubna Reshi