KARACHI: 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. He said that during this campaign, magistrates challaned 121 shopkeepers. Rs37,6500 fines were charged from different profiteers for selling commodities above rates fixed by the city administration.
He further said that city administration had focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Korangi, Bin Qasim, Model Colony, New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Gulberg, SITE, Orangi, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Nazimabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Saddar, Aram Bagh and Civil Line.
In crackdown against profiteers, 76 milkmen, 03 vegetable sellers, 01 fruit seller, 08 shopkeepers of general commodities, 29 chicken-sellers and 04 flour-sellers have been fined on selling essential items on excessive prices, while 08 shopkeepers were sent to jail for continuous violation.
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 ensured availability of vegetables and fruits in the open market at lower prices. He further said that the city administration would continue its efforts to control the prices of fruits and vegetables.