Roti To Cost More As Bakers Sound Bugle

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SRINAGAR (ONS) – Bakers have warned to hike roti prices on their own if the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department fails to notify revised rate lists within two days.

“We have been discussing the issue with the director of the department for the past three months, but he has been stalling us,” the president of the Bread Makers Association, Abdul Majeed Pampori, said.

“At the time of the last hike in 2010, fire-wood was Rs 600 per quintal, which has now shot up to Rs 1050,” he said.

“Similarly, flour is up by over Rs 200,” he said. “We have still desisted from revising our rates, but now we can no longer afford to do so.”

“If the government wants to maintain the price line, it should ensure the distribution of flour through the CAPD department so that it does not cost more,” he said.

The Association vice president, Bilal Ahmad Naugami, said that the state used to get 1.20 lakh quintals of flour through the Food Corporation of India (FCI), but this had been reduced to a mere 30,000 quintals now.

“This has automatically jacked up prices of flour,” he said.

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