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Price Hike Storm Hits Karachi Before Ramadan, Profiteers and Hoarders Active

Karachi: Prices of food items have started increasing in Karachi even before the arrival of Ramadan. Profiteers and hoarders have already begun exploiting the public.

In the city, the price of lentils has risen from 200 to 280 rupees, cooking oil from 390 to 420 rupees per liter, onions at 200 rupees, potatoes at 80 rupees, chicken meat at 720 rupees, and beef at 1400 rupees per kilogram. The Price Control Committee has completely failed to control the prices of everyday items before Ramadan.

Various food items including flour, semolina, red lentils (daal moong), yellow lentils (daal masoor) chickpeas, rice, milk, beef, mutton, and fish are being sold at different rates by shopkeepers in Karachi markets. The inflation is not decreasing in Karachi; the prices of vegetables are increasing day by day. Government rates are not visible in the markets, and the role of price control committees is also not apparent.

Every year during Ramadan, prices of food items are increased, and no proactive steps are taken by the government to address the issue. From markets to shops, every retailer sells items at their own rates, while state rates are nowhere to be seen.

In this regard, citizens, speaking boldly, stated that strict crackdowns should be carried out against hoarders and profiteers, not only in markets but also in savings markets, to ensure the sale of essential items at government rates.

In Karachi, every year during Ramadan, there is an apparent increase in the prices of food items, and no noticeable actions are seen from the government’s side. From markets to bazaars, every shopkeeper sells items at their own rates, while there is no sight of official rates anywhere.

Citizens, speaking on this matter, suggested that strict crackdowns should be carried out against hoarders and profiteers, and teams from the district administration should take steps to ensure the sale of essential commodities and food items at government rates in markets, bazaars, and shops.

Citizens further stated that the Sindh government, Commissioner Karachi, Mayor Karachi, and other relevant authorities should take immediate measures on an urgent basis, as inflation is currently the primary concern of every citizen in Karachi, which is increasing day by day. Inflation has severely affected the purchasing power of the people, and there is widespread protest against inflation.

Stringent action should be taken to enforce the prescribed prices of everyday items, and regular visits should be made to markets, including meat, fish, vegetable, and fruit markets, to ensure strict implementation. Quality of food items should be checked, and action should be taken against violators and sellers of harmful health products.

Citizens further emphasized that market committees are bound to issue daily price lists of everyday items and these lists should be issued promptly. Strict enforcement should be carried out on government-prescribed prices, and stringent legal action should be ensured against hoarders.

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