KARACHI: In a massive crackdown against profiteers, 197 shopkeepers were charged with Rs329000 fine and 07 others were sent to jail for selling commodities at above rate than fixed by the Karachi administration.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till they ensured that the commodities were sold at rates fixed by the administration.
He directed the officials to ensure that prices of commodities were displayed and stern actions against those involved in selling essential commodities at excessive prices were taken. During the campaign, magistrates challaned 197 shopkeepers. Rs 329000 fines were charged from the profiteers for selling commodities above rates fixed by the city administration.
He further said that city administration has focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Korangi, Bin Qasim, Landhi, Shah Faisal, New Karachi, Gulberg, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Orangi, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jamshed Quarters, Saddar, Civil Line and Aram Bagh.
In the crackdown, 127 milkmen, 09 fruit sellers, 07 vegetable sellers, 18 shopkeepers of general commodities, 35 chicken-sellers and a flour seller have been fined on selling essential items at excessive prices, while, 07 persons were sent to jail for continuously selling milk on excessive rate.
Commissioner further said that special teams had been formed and deputed in Sabzi Mandi to ensure price control and stop artificial shortage of vegetables and fruits. These actions have made vegetables and fruits available in the open market at lower prices. He further said that the city administration would continue its efforts to control the prices of fruits, vegetables along with the essential commodities so that people get these items at affordable prices.