Ø ‘Over ₹ 2.0 lakh fine imposed, Biz units sealed’
Ø DCs direct line Depts to ensure hassle free water, power supply
- Bakers operating without license and under unhygienic conditions were prohibited from further manufacturing
- Foolproof security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth and hassle free religious congregations/procession during the occasion.
SRINAGAR: In order to prevent profiteering and black marketing by business establishments operating in Srinagar and other parts of Valley, the special Market Checking teams have been put into action to ensure all essential commodities are sold at Government approved rates as per the quality standards with sufficient availability of consumables.
The drive was conducted on the directions of the Deputy Commissioners of various districts in Kashmir valley including Srinagar.
The checking squads comprising of senior officials from Revenue, Police, Food Safety Wing of Drugs & Food Control Organization, SMC, FCS&CA and Legal Metrology Departments.
During the respective drives dozens of food business units were sealed, while several erring shopkeepers were also booked found failing to maintain the quality of food items, not displaying rate lists of essential commodities, selling expiry products, besides indulging in practices of illegal profiteering and sale of underweight products.
A fine to the tune of over Rs 2.0 lakh was also imposed on the erring shopkeepers for violating different provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act.
During the market checking over 2 dozen Food Business Operators that mainly include the Bakers who were operating without license and under unhygienic conditions were prohibited from further manufacturing.
The kneading of dough was checked at all the bakery units and it was found that at maximum places the same is being done mechanically.
The Date of Manufacture, Use-by Date, Ingredients, Nutritional information and Temperature Controlled system in the Display Panels was also checked. While other food items especially Mutton and Chicken were also inspected along with the team of Veterinary Assistant Surgeons.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner stressed on owners of all Business establishments/shopkeepers to maintain quality and standard of essential commodities and ensure all essential commodities are sold at Government approved rates. He asked the Market checking teams to continue the drive even after Eid-ul-Fitr.
In Pulwama, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pulwama, Baseer Ul Haq Choudhary reviewed and finalised the arrangements for the forthcoming auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr at a joint meeting of officers of different line departments, here.
Several issues especially the availability of water supply at the designated places, uninterrupted power supply, adequate supply of ration, quality and rates checking of eatables, proper sanitation during the celebration were discussed in the meeting.
The DC directed the officers of FCS&CA to complete the process of ration distribution for the month before Eid and ensure no household is left without ration in the district, especially in far-off areas.
He asked them to devise an effective mechanism to avoid any kind of inconvenience at ration stores and ensure a hassle free distribution process.
With regard to power and water supply, the DC asked Jal Shakti and PDD to take adequate measures for uninterrupted supply of water and electricity in all areas to avoid inconvenience to the people.
The DC also enjoined upon officers to intensify market checking to ensure that people get quality commodities at Government fixed rates.
He directed the concerned enforcement wing to keep strict check on quality and rates of mutton, Chicken, Fruit, Vegetables, Bakery and other essentials to curb hoardings and profiteering.
The DC also directed for maintaining cleanliness in all Jamia Masjids, Eidgahs and other areas in the district.
Among others, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, SE, PDD, PHE, ARTO, AD FCS&CA, Tehsildars, EO Municipalities, and other line departments were also present in the meeting.
Similarly, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaishya reviewed and finalised the arrangements for the forthcoming auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr at a joint meeting of officers, here.
On the occasion, the DC directed the concerned officers to ensure availability of adequate drinking water, power, mutton, poultry, ration and LPG in the district besides other essential items in markets.
The meeting was informed that a sufficient quantity of essential items including ration, fish, mutton and chicken besides LPG gas is available for public consumption.
Meanwhile, the DC directed officers to ensure adequate supply of drinking water and electricity at peak hours of the festival besides to ensure tanker facility at the venue of Eid Namaz.
Municipal authorities were directed to conduct sanitation and cleanliness drives around the Mosques, Shrines and Eidgahs. They were also directed to ensure the clearing of building material from roads for hassle free movement of devotees.
Regarding the transport facility for the devotees visiting shrines/mosques for congregational prayers, the DC directed the concerned officials to ensure that the devotees do not face any inconvenience. He directed for regulating the traffic and ensuring parking of vehicles at designated places on a rational basis.
During the meeting, the SSP informed that foolproof security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth and hassle free religious congregations/procession during the occasion.
The designated enforcement teams were asked to conduct market checking to ensure that no sub-standard articles are sold in the market.
Necessary directions were also given to the Fire & Emergency Services and Health department to ensure their services.
The meeting was attended by SSP Shopian, Amritpaul Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Mushtaq Ahmed Simnani and concerned officers.
Meanwhile, extensive market checking continues in Ganderbal in view of ongoing holy month of Ramadan and forthcoming festival of Eid, the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, along with other enforcement agencies on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Krittika Jyotsna today conducted a massive market checking drive here across the district.
A joint team of officers under the supervision of Assistant Director FCS&CA, Naseer Ahmad Baba carried out market checking drives in the main market Beehama and recovered Rs. 15000 as fine from defaulters.
During the drive several erring shopkeepers found failing to maintain the quality of food items, not displaying rate lists of essential commodities, selling expiry products besides indulging in practices of illegal profiteering and sale of underweight products were booked under relevant laws besides spoiled fruits and vegetables were also destroyed on spot.
The shopkeepers and vendors were directed to maintain hygiene and quality of eatables and also ensure display of late list.