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October 1, 2006

Fruit, vegetable sellers overcharge consumers


October 1, 2006


KARACHI: There is no doubt that consumers are being forced to pay extra on the purchase of vegetables and fruits by traders. However, the traders always keep themselves on the safe side by applying different tactics.

For example, if some consumer feels that he is being asked to pay extra money then the trader might pull the rate list from some hidden corner. He would point out to the consumer that he is neat and clean in his dealing as he is demanding what has been notified in the rate list.

He could be true in his words but consumers have no touchstone against which to judge if he has been made to pay for a commodity of fine quality but in fact handed one of low quality. In major markets like Empress and Gole Market the price list is being followed to an acceptable level but in Mohallas shopkeepers usually overcharge the consumers.

Their attitude becomes teasing when someone requests them to show him or her rate list of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK).The difference between the prices notified officially and those paid by consumers (as ascertained during interviews by this reporter during a random survey of markets) is reflected in the chart.

Price Chart

CDGK rate list Price as paid by consumers 1) Potato/Kg Rs20 (big size) Rs22

Potato/Kg Rs14 (small size) Rs18

2) Tomato/Kg Rs30 (No:1) Rs35

Tomato/Kg Rs20 (No:2) Rs22

3) Onion/Kg Rs22 (big size)

Onion/Kg Rs14 (small size) Rs18

4) Meat:

i) Beef with bones Rs110 Rs120

Beef without bones Rs140 Rs150

ii) Mutton/Kg Rs240(Category No:1) Rs250

Mutton/Kg Rs230 (Category No:2) The rate could not be known

Mutton/Kg Rs220 (Category No:3) Rs230

5) Pulses:

i) Gram Pulse Rs42 Rs45

ii) Kabuli Pease Rs57 Rs75

6) Sugar Rs31 Rs38

7) Fruits:

i) Apple Rs40 (Golden) Rs50

ii) Grapes Rs120 (Sundar

Khani) Rs160

iii) Banana Rs24/dozen Rs40




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