KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till the sale of commodities at government rates.
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, deputed magistrates challaned 94 shop keepers and charged Rs 370,500 fines from different profiteers 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 include Aaram Bagh, Civil Line Saddar, Ferozabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Mominabad, Gulberg, Liaquatabad, North Nazimabad, and New Karachi.
In crackdown against profiteers, 64 milk sellers, one fruit seller, three vegetable sellers, seven shopkeepers of general commodities, eight chicken sellers were fined for selling essential items on excessive prices, while three persons were sent to jail for selling commodities at excessive rate.
Commissioner further said that special teams had been formulated 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.