Karachi: 5 shopkeepers jailed for profiteering
KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to markets and other places. At least five shopkeepers were sent to jail for violating the official price list. Out of them two were chicken meat sellers, two were vegetable sellers and one was a grocery shopkeeper. A fine of Rs100,000 was also collected for overcharging.
Area magistrates, members of the taskforce established to control the prices fixed, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Rauf Akhter Farooqi, assistant commissioners of Saddar and Civil Lines were also present.
The local administration had fixed the prices to provide maximum relief to the consumers during the month of Ramazan, the commissioner said. In this regard, he held meetings with the traders, manufacturers, whole sellers and retailers of groceries to prepare a Ramazan Package.
The commissioner checked the prices at the shops and stalls of vegetables and fruits as well as grocery prices. He also observed whether pricelist approved by the local administration was properly put on display or not on the shops. He said action would be taken against shopkeepers found guilty of not displaying the price lists.
He asked customers to cooperate with the administration in identifying the violators so that actions could be initiated against them and the prices fixed by the administration could be implemented effectively. He added that the Market Committee at Sabzi Mandi had also been made effective.
He said prices of vegetables and fruits were being issued daily by the market committee and are being uploaded on the official website; people should visit it regularly to stay updated regarding prices. The control room set up at the commissioner’s Karachi office is also registering complaints against the price hikes. They can reach the complaint centre at 021-99203443.