Govt fails to control price hike ahead of Ramazan

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LAHORE  The Punjab government is focusing on the special bazaars during the holy month of Ramazan but leaving the open market consumers at the mercy of the vendors, creating a window of opportunity of minting money for them.

 

The all administration of the provincial as well as district government is just busy in making arrangements for establishing Ramazan bazaars in the city but ignoring the prices of different items which have already started going up well before the arrival of the holy month. The government has failed to implement officially fixed prices of perishable edibles and grains. The rates of edible items have skyrocketed while the government will slightly control the prices during Ramazan and bringing them down to Rs 1 to two per kilogram to show its ‘commitment’ regarding provision of relief to the people. The government should control artificial hike in the rates of edibles items timely.

 

The price magistrates seem to be ineffective. The vendors are free to charge at their own will. Furthermore, price fixing mechanism also shows complete failure of the government. The government has never succeeded to implement the prices of beef, mutton and chicken meat. Everywhere in the city meat is openly being sold at the higher rates than the official rates. This week in the Sunday bazaars, price of potato, new, was further increased by Rs 8 per kg and fixed at Rs 32 to 34 per kg, potato, sugar-free, at Rs 22 to 24 and potato, store, at Rs 14 to 15 per kg while sold at Rs 34 per kg.

 

Price of onion was fixed at Rs 28 to 32 per kg but its lower quality was sold at Rs 32 per kg. Tomato price was further raised by Rs 10 per kg and fixed at Rs 75 to 80 per kg while rotten and lower quality tomato was sold at Rs 100 per kg. Garlic, Desi, rate was stable at Rs 70 to 80 per kg but sold at Rs 100 per kg. Garlic, China, price was fixed at Rs 80 to 90 per kg but was not available there.

 

Ginger, China, price was raised by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 120 to 130 per kg and sold at Rs 140 to 160 per kg. Spinach price was fixed at Rs 8 to 10 per kg but sold at Rs 30 per kg. Brinjal rate was increased by Rs 3 per kg and fixed at Rs 18 to 20 per kg. Cucumber, Desi, rate was raised by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 25 to 30 per kg. Tinday rate was reduced by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 30 to 35 per kg and sold at Rs 40 per kg. Bitter gourd price was fixed at Rs 25 to 30 per kg from Rs 34 to 38 per kg. Pumpkin price was increased by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 15 to 20 per kg. Luffa rate was also increased by Rs 5 per kg and fixed at Rs 15 to 20 per kg. Ladyfinger price was fixed at Rs 30 to 35 per kg from Rs 34 to 38 per kg while arum price was stable at Rs 35 to 40 per kg. Capsicum and green chilli rates were stable at Rs 50 to 60 per kg and sold at Rs 80 per kg. Lemon, Desi, price was raised by Rs 10 per kg and fixed at Rs 80 to 100 per kg. Date prices ranged from Rs 90 to 160 per kg while lower quality dates were sold at Rs 140 per kg. Melon price was fixed at Rs 25 to 30 and sold at Rs 50 per kg. Banana price was fixed at Rs 50 to 60 per dozen but was not available in the makeshift markets and outside the Sunday bazaars it was sold at Rs 80 to 100 per dozen. Peach price was fixed Rs 50 to 95 per kg while average price of B-quality peach was Rs 80 per kg. Plump rate was fixed at Rs 55 to 80 per kg while its low quality was sold at Rs 100 per kg. Apricot, white, price was fixed at Rs 70 to 85 per kg and sold at Rs 100 to 120 per kg. Mangoes of different varieties were fixed at Rs 45 to 80 per kg and average price of B-quality mangoes was from Rs 70 to 80 per kg. Litchi rate was increased by Rs 40 per kg and fixed at Rs 170 to 180 per kg while sold at Rs 200 per kg.





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