Poultry Farm Association stages protest against FCS&CA Deptt

Poultry farm owners protesting at Samba on Monday. -Excelsior/ Badyal
Poultry farm owners protesting at Samba on Monday. -Excelsior/ Badyal

Excelsior Correspondent
SAMBA, June 1 : The Poultry Farms Association Jammu staged a demonstration against Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department (FCSCAD) in front of Rajput Sabha here, today.
A large number of owners of poultry farms gathered at Amar Kashatriya Rajput Sabha here under the leadership of Baljeet Singh, president Poultry Farm Association Jammu. They raised slogans against the FCS&CA Department. They alleged that on the one hand the Poultry farms owners are facing lot of trouble due to lockdown and on the other, the Departmental officers of Kashmir are openly harassing the poultry farm owners who take the chicken loaded vehicles for sale in Kashmir Valley. They also said that although the Department has fixed the chicken rates at Rs 130 Per Kilogram, but the officer of the FCS&CAD Kashmir were forcing the Jammu based poultry owners to sell the chicken at the cost of Rs110 per kilogram thereby putting them to a heavy loss.
They said after the Jammu and Kashmir has been made the Union Territory since then, the Director FCS&CAD Kashmir is constantly harassing them and the Government is completely silent.
Association president, Baljit Singh while talking to media persons said that the officials of the Department in Kashmir have forced a driver carrying the chicken to Kashmir to sell the same at Rs 110 per Kg at Lower Munda area of Anantnag district of Kashmir Valley few days ago and Department officials were constantly harassing them to sells the chicken for Rs 110 a kg.
He said when the owner refused to do so the Officer of the FCS&CA Department Kashmir forcibly parked their vehicles on road side near Lower Munda and then asked the people to loot their chicken from their vehicles.
“Some of our vehicles were taken thirty kilometers inside a village by the FCS&CA Department officials where they paid some money to them while some people looted the chicken on the instance of Department officials”, he added.
He said who will compensate the poultry farm owners for this loss as the rate per kg of chicken is Rs 130 and the owners were paid at the rate of Rs 110 per kg and that too for very less quantity while others were looted by people on the instance of the Department. They demanded action against the erring officers of the Department.