Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has set up market checking squads to curb black marketing and hoarding of rations and other essential commodities by traders
in the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
The squads are headed by deputy directors (Enforcement) of consumer affairs and public distribution (CAPD) department, a government order said Friday.
Assistant Director Enforcement and Executive Magistrate to be nominated by respective Deputy Commissioners, Inspector Legal Metrology, concerned SHO of the area and Food Inspector of the respective Municipal Corporation would be members of the teams, the order said.
The squads would submit weekly reports on market checking to the government, it said.
"Any trader or businessman found indulging in black- marketing, profiteering and hoarding would be strictly dealt with", Minister for CAPD Qamar Ali Akhoon said at a joint meting of officers of CAPD and Legal Meteorology Departments.
He asked the officers of these two departments to ensure that consumer rights are not violated.
The departmental enforcement wings should not only be strengthened but also reactivated especially in rural areas so that a complete check on illegal trade practices is ensured,