KARACHI: In a crackdown against profiteers, 86 shopkeepers were charged with Rs192500 fine for selling commodities above government rates. 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 city 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 the campaign, magistrates challaned 86 shopkeepers, while Rs192500 fines were charged from different profiteers for selling commodities above rates fixed by the city administration.
A report said 48 milkmen, 02 fruit sellers, 02 meat sellers, 19 shopkeepers of general commodities and 15 chicken sellers have been fined for selling essential items on excessive prices. While two persons were sent to jail for selling milk at excessive rate.
He further said that city administration has focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas include Korangi, Bin Qasim, Landhi, Shah Faisal, New Karachi, Gulberg, Liaquatabad, Orangi, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jamshed Quarters, Saddar, Civil Line and Aram Bagh.
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.