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Commodity prices go up

July 7, 2014

With the advent of holy month of Ramazan, the profiteers have sky-rocketed the rates of daily use commodities - vegetables, fruits, dates, fish, mutton, chicken and other related items - often used by the fasting people in Naundero.

The government's market committees are only busy extracting money from shopkeepers, pushcart vendors and other involved in this business. According to a survey, chicken was being sold at Rs 280 per kg against the government rates of Rs 240, fish between Rs 250 to 280 per kg, tomato and potato at Rs6 0 per kg each as before Ramadan it was sold at Rs:0 per kg, apple at Rs 350 per kg against the fixed rate Rs 200 per kg, banana at Rs 100 per dozen, apricot at Rs200- per kg, peach 250 per kg, lemon at Rs160 per kg, damson at Rs 300 per kg and mango from 70 to 150 per kg.

Assistant Commissioner, Ratodero, Qazi Sardar Ahmed, supervised removal of encroachments in the hometown of Bhutto leaders due to which the main bazaars have become thickly congested and the people specially womenfolk who arrived with their children faced serious hardships during peak shopping hours but he did not check the retailers or wholesalers who were busy charging almost 100% more than the fixed prices.

The market committee members were also not visible throughout the day as they usually distribute rate lists early in the morning.

Naundero citizens - Sahab Khan Shaikh, Qamar Miranis and Mumtaz Sethar have demanded of the rulers and keep a vigil on their subordinates to conduct regular raids at main shopping centers and bazaars and ensure sale of commodities at reasonable rates.

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Source: Pakistan Press International

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