14 shopkeepers arrested for profiteering


District administration Peshawar arrested 14 shopkeepers and issued a warning to 35 others during a crackdown against profiteers on Tuesday. The operation against profiteers was carried out against profiteers for overcharging consumers at various localities on Warsak Road. During the crackdown 93 shops were inspected, out of which 14 were arrested for lacking official price list, selling under-weight roti and unhygienic conditions.

35 shopkeepers were issued warnings for bringing improvement in cleanliness conditions in their shops. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar, Shah Fahad has said that the officers of the district administration are used to visit fruit and vegetable markets during the wee hours of the day to witness the bidding process and then issue an official price list.

He has directed the officers of district administration to pay consecutive visits to bazaars within the areas of their jurisdiction and implementation of the official price list in letter and spirit. Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Bahawalpur Zaheer Anwar Jappa on Tuesday inaugurated the vegetable cultivation campaign organised by the Department of Agriculture (Extension).

He planted vegetable seeds in Chak 28 BC to launch the drive. On this occasion, Assistant Commissioner Bahawalpur City Fazlur Rahman, Deputy Director of Agriculture (Extension) Hafiz Muhammad Shafiq, and Assistant Director of Agriculture Ashfaq Ahmed also planted vegetable seeds. The deputy commissioner said that fresh vegetables were very important for a healthy life.

He said that the farmers should cultivate vegetables on their land and stressed that the agriculture department should raise awareness about the importance of vegetables and the method of cultivation.—APP