Operation against profiteers accelerated

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that the operation against profiteers had been expedited in Ramazan to provide special relief to common man.

“The process of charging fines and sending the profiteers jail is being carried out strictly. In the first 10 days of Ramazan, 2228 shopkeepers were fined with Rs 4418000 while 249 were jailed for selling commodities above government rates,” Siddiqui said while addressing a meeting at his office.

Additional Commissioner Karachi II and Chairman Price Committee Haji Ahmed, Deputy Director Price Committee Asif Iqbal and In-charge Complaint Cell Commissioner Office Syed Zahid Hussain were also present on the occasion. He further said that deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners of the six districts were busy in crackdown against profiteers.

In the crackdown during Ramazan, 427 milkmen have been fined with Rs1672500, 104 shopkeepers of general commodities fined with Rs492000, 272 chicken sellers fined with Rs641500, 13 meat sellers fined with 62500, 838 vegetable sellers fined with Rs 781100, 23 flour sellers fined with Rs74200 and 611 fruit sellers fined with Rs 694200 for selling essential items at excessive prices.

The commissioner directed that the people challenging the writ of government by not following government rates should be dealt with iron hand.

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