GUWAHATI, Jan 12 - In order to ensure that the feast of Uruka and merriment of Bhogali Bihu do not burn hole in the pockets of the common man, the administration and Assam Livestock and Poultry Development Corporation has asked the meat wholesalers and retailers to abstain from charging exorbitantly on January 12 and 13 and stick to the existing market prices. As the season of feasting, coupled with the cold weather conditions, has led to spiralling of broiler chicken and mutton rates, the prices are expected to shoot through the roof during the next two days due to high demand and also because of a tendency among the people to agree to pay even the enhanced rates during celebration time.
“Though the Corporation does not directly deal with the rate of meat, we have had a meeting with the wholesale meat sellers and asked them to keep the mutton rate at Rs 460 per kg, which is the existing price and broiler chicken rate at Rs 110 per kg. We have also had a discussion with the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) in this regard to ensure that the people are not made to pay by their nose,” Corporation Chairman Manoj Saikia told The Assam Tribune.
The GMC has formed two teams for conducting market inspections to ensure the hygiene and rates of the meat sold during Uruka and Bihu day.
“Quality control is one of the prime criteria we are looking at, as the meat slaughtered, stored or sold in unhygienic places creates health complications and is also a major violation of the GMC bye-laws and a Supreme Court order. The teams would also keep a tab on the illogical rate hike, which is often reported during festivals,” GMC Veterinary Officer Dr Pradeep Medhi said.
“After the government slaughter houses become operational from next month, the painless killing and hygienic supply of mutton would be ensured for the people of Guwahati,” he added.
Fishfed, Assam has also geared up to help people feast on the fresh local fishes through its outlets in different parts of Guwahati during Magh Bihu.
Fishes would be sold at Maligaon, Chandmari, Noonmati, Wireless (Survey), Sixmile and Rupnagar. Fishing operation was done at the Rupnagar project here today. Fishes will be available at Fishfed retail outlets from 7 am onwards on Saturday.
Fishfed annually produces around 50,000 kg fishes through 256 registered societies, encompassing around 24 thousand farmers. Nearly 1,000 kg fish would be sold out at the Fishfed retail outlets for Magh Bihu.