KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that 78 illegal profiteering shopkeepers were fined for selling food items at higher than government rates.
He said that crackdown against illegal profiteers and food adulterators was under way. The fine charged from 78 shops was Rs382000 for selling milk, flour, vegetables, pulses, meat, fruits, chicken and other items of basic utilities on rates higher than fixed by the government.
Siddiqui said that crackdown against profiteers was carried out in Saddar, Civil Line, Aram Bagh, Jamshed Quarters, Ferozabad, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, SITE, Liaquatabad, Gulberg, Bin Qasim, Ibrahim Haideri, New Karachi and Nazimabad.
Commissioner further said that as a result of crackdown throughout the city 49 milkmen, 16 utility stores’ keepers, 01 fruit-seller, 01 vegetable-seller, 04 chicken-sellers and 07 flour-sellers were fined, while, 08 shopkeepers were sent to jail for continuous violation.
“Crackdown against profiteers and food adulterators would continue until they get rid of their wrongdoings and ensure provision of food items to citizens on government fixed rates,” he said.
He said that government officials have been posted in Sabzi Mandi to stop artificial shortage and profiteering, which has as a result brought the prices of vegetables lower.