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Lahore

November 16, 2015

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Substandard items sold at higher rates

LAHORE
Open overcharging, non-availability of majority of vegetables, sale of substandard items at A-grade price witnessed in weekly makeshift markets of the city despite the Provincial Minister for Food and Price Control Bilal Yasin made visits to these bazaars.
Even, during his visits, the vegetables and fruits were being sold more than the official rates while the minister was succeeded in making his entry in front of media cameras claiming that the government had controlled the artificial inflation and would not spare anyone who found involved in overcharging.
The minister for eyewash actions just suspended a market committee sub-inspector at Shadman bazaar and imposed fine and cancellation of a vendor stall but did not take action against non-availability of some essential items like onion, tomato, green chilli and others.
The minister did not inquire about the cause why the onion and other missing vegetables were being sold higher than the official rates just outside these makeshift markets. Even the vendors, just outside these makeshift markets sold vegetables at almost double than the official rates issued for the open market as well. However, the minister's visit became a nuisance for the town officials who did not bother to come to these bazaars knowingly that no ‘surprise visit’ of the elected representatives or DCO was expected.
This exposed the seriousness of the Punjab government to control the artificial price-hike created by the vendors and sellers. The government would not succeed in controlling the artificial price-hike until it controlled it at Badami Bagh wholesale market level, where it could not take action due to political reasons. The biggest wholesalers sponsored the electioneering of the politicians so that these elected representatives never go against them. Once wrong price list issued from the Badami Bagh wholesale level, it gives free hand to every vendor in the city to charge its own price from buyer. So this

vicious circle of overcharging and price-hike remained continued which only directly affect the commoners.
This week the price of potato new was fixed at Rs32 to 35 per kg, potato sugar-free at Rs20 to 22 per kg, and potato stored at Rs12 to 14 per kg, while sugar-free was sold at Rs35 per kg. Onion price was jumped up by Rs12 per kg, fixed at Rs55 to 60 per kg, but not sold there while just outside B-grade was sold at Rs80 per kg, and A-grade was sold at Rs100 per kg. The price of tomato was gained by Rs40 per kg, fixed at Rs90 to 94 per kg, but not sold there while just outside these bazaars sold at Rs120 to 140 per kg. Garlic local price was gained by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs140 to 150 per kg, garlic Chinese reduced by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs150 to 165 per kg, while both sold at Rs160, and 170 per kg, respectively.
The price of ginger Chinese was reduced by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs95 to 105 per kg, while sold at Rs120 per kg. Brinjal price was gained by Rs3 per kg, fixed at Rs25 to 28 per kg. Bitter gourd price was stable at Rs55 to 65 per kg, while sold at Rs70 per kg.
The price of spinach was unchanged at Rs15 to 20 per kg. Zucchini farm fixed at Rs40 to 48 per kg, Zucchini long at Rs18 to 20 per kg. Lemon Chinese was stable at Rs45 to 55 per kg and sold at Rs60 to 70 per kg. Methi price was gained by Rs4 per kg, fixed at Rs22 to 26 per kg and sold at Rs30 per kg.
The price of cauliflower was fixed at Rs10 to 14 per kg, not sold there while outside sold at Rs50 per kg, while cabbage was fixed at Rs28 to 32 per kg, sold at Rs35 per kg. Pumpkin price was fixed at Rs15 to 18 per kg and sold at Rs 20 to 25 per kg.
Green Chilli local was gained by Rs15 per kg, fixed at Rs65 to 70 per kg, green Chilli farm at Rs75 to 80 per kg, while both sold at Rs80 to 100 per kg. Capsicum price was gained by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs100 to 110 per kg, not available there while outside the markets sold at Rs140 to 160 per kg. Pea price was reduced by Rs15 per kg, fixed at Rs120 to 135 per kg, sold at Rs140 per kg, carrot was gained by Rs5 per kg, fixed stable at Rs30 to 38 per kg. The price of radish was reduced by Rs2 per kg, fixed Rs10 per kg, sold at Rs10 to 20 per kg, turnip was fixed at Rs10 to 15 per kg. Cucumber Farm was gained by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs35 to 40 per kg. Sweet potato and waternut was fixed at Rs30 to 40 per kg, sold up to Rs 50 per kg. The price of different variety of apples was fixed at Rs30 to 110 per kg, sold at Rs50 to 120 per kg.
Pomegranate kandahri was fixed at Rs100 to 140 per kg, while B-grade was sold at Rs130 to 140 per kg, Pomegranate bedanda was fixed at Rs180 to 190 per kg, sold at Rs250 per kg. Guava price was gained fixed at Rs45 to 50 per kg, sold at Rs50 to 60 per kg. Corn was fixed at Rs8 to 10 per kg, sold at Rs30 per kg.
Persimmon price was fixed at Rs40 to 45 per kg, sold at Rs60 per kg. The price of grapes Gola was fixed at Rs90 to 95 per kg, grapes Tofi at Rs100 to 120 per kg, and Sundarkhani at Rs170 to 185 per kg, sold at Rs140 to 200 per kg range. The price of banana A-grade was gained by Rs5 per dozen fixed at Rs45 to 50 per dozen, B-grade at Rs26 to 30 per dozen, while sold at Rs40 to 60 per dozen.

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