Bread bakers in Peshawar refuse to sell bread to customers

Peshawar: Naanbais bread makers of the provincial capital went on indefinite strike on Tuesday to press their demand of increase price of naan owing to increase in prices of flour.

Naanbais demanded of the authorities that the price of bread be increased to Rs 12 for double rooti and its weight should be fixed at 180 grams instead of 220 grams. they also demanded to fix Rs 10 for single rooti bread of 150 grams.

On other side the district administration has fixed Rs 6 for single rooti of 120 grams and Rs 12 for double rooti of 220 grams however the bread backers are not accepting the rate and demanding increase in the rates as per increase in gas and flour prices.

District president of Nanbian Association Mohammad Iqbal said that it was impossible for them to sell roti on the prices fixed by administration after increase in gas, flour and petroleum prices. he said their strike would continue till the authorities announce to increase naan price. “Our strike was successful and almost all the Naanbais across the provincial capital kept their shutters down,” iqbal said.

The Deputy commissioner Peshawar Zaheer ul Islam said administration will take action against all those bread backers who will decrease the weight without the permission of government. he said the prices for single and double bread have already been fixed and any one found in violation of these rates will be arrested.

On Wednesday Nanbian Association had a meeting with commissioner Peshawar but the meeting failed to evolve a amicable solution after which the bread backers announced strike in Peshawar for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the general public had to face problems due to the closure of tandoors and restaurant owners have to serve naans from the previous night.

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