GIS - 30 November, 2015: From 7 December 2015 to 20 January 2016, consumers will pay Rs 185 and Rs 200 per kilo for live goat and sheep respectively, compared to Rs 300 per kilo for the same period last year, and to Rs 300 per pound, which is the prevailing price in the local marketsThe announcement was made this morning at a joint press conference by the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, and the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Ashit Kumar Gungah. “This measure will give relief to consumers and allow them to enjoy low prices ahead of the festive season,” stated Mr Soodhun.
According to the Vice-Prime Minister, the 38% and 33% reductions in the respective prices of live goat and sheep result from negotiations with the stakeholders on the supply of cattle. He stressed that the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection will make the relevant regulations to that effect soon. Reassuring the population that there will be no shortage of livestock for the end-of-year festivities, Mr Soodhun affirmed that Government will look into the pricing system of beef.
For his part, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Ashit Kumar Gungah, pointed out that the meaningful consumer price relief is part of his Ministry’s objectives to promote and safeguard the interests and rights of the consumers. “Officers of the Consumers Affairs Unit are on the ground,” highlighted Mr Gungah, “to curtail any abusive practice and ensure that the price and quality of commodities are respected.” He also spoke of ongoing discussions with representatives of the poultry sector to stabilise the price of chicken on the market.
Recalling the setting up of the National Price Consultative Council which aims at providing a platform for a meaningful evaluation and monitoring of prices of basic commodities as well as for better protecting consumers, the Minister said that the Council will be submitting its recommendations soon on the formulation and implementation of policies relating to consumer protection and the price of goods and services.
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