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Naanbais defy govt’s roti, naan prices reduction in ICT

By APP
April 17, 2024
A vendor is seen busy making traditional bread (Naan) at a tandoor. — APP/File
A vendor is seen busy making traditional bread (Naan) at a tandoor. — APP/File

Islamabad: In response to this initiative of the Punjab government, the federal capital has also reduced the prices of bread and ‘naan’ by fixing their prices at Rs16 and Rs20 respectively, however, Tandoor and Naanbai kept their prices while refusing to obey the government order.

The district administration issued a notification fixing the prices of ‘roti’ and ‘naan’ at Rs16 and Rs20 for a standard serving size of 120 grams. Assistant commissioners and price control magistrates have been tasked with ensuring the enforcement of these new prices across Islamabad.

In line with Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon’s instructions, Assistant Commissioner Secretariat Abdullah Khan convened a meeting with the ‘Nanbai’ Association to discuss the implementation of the revised prices.

Despite these efforts, tandoors/nanbais in the twin cities are standing firm on their prices, declining to reduce them as per the government’s rates. Talking to APP, a citizen namely Muhammad Tassawar, a resident of the Sohan area lamented the lack of reduction in prices at local tandoors and ‘Nanbais’, where ‘roti’ was still being sold at Rs20 and Naan at Rs25. Similarly, Shabeer Hussain from the G-8 area, highlighted that despite the government’s intervention, tandoors and Nanbais in the Federal Capital were selling ‘roti’ at Rs25 and ‘naan’ at Rs30, placing a financial burden on the residents.

When contacted by the spokesman of ICT, Dr. Abdullah Tabassum, he assured that strict action would be taken against those violating the price regulations. He emphasised that assistant commissioners and magistrates have been assigned specific tasks to ensure compliance with the new ‘roti’ and ‘naan’ prices in Islamabad.