Actions against price hike; 13 FIRs registered, 157 booked, 119 shops sealed

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad Capital Territory administration has booked 157 people, sealed 119 shops and registered 13 first information reports (FIRs) against the retailers for overcharging the customers and creating artificial inflation in the federal capital.

The civil administration was making all-out efforts to control inflation, besides ensuring the availability of essential kitchen items at government notified rates, said additional deputy commissioner, Rana Waqas on Wednesday.

Talking to media, he said at least 21 magistrates were inspecting shops and general stores in their respective jurisdictions for ensuring display of price lists and adherence to notified rates for essential commodities.

Sharing details about the recent action taken by the civil administration against price hike, he said as many as 5291 inspections were made since September 2021 and a fine of Rs 774300 was imposed to the shopkeepers.

Similarly, he said around 3246 shoppers has been fined for not displaying official rate list issued by the deputy commissioner office on daily basis.

To a query, he said some 35 fair price stalls were setup across the city where 20kg bag of wheat flour was available at Rs 1100, while the sugar prices were being maintained through checking and penalizing the fleecers.

To another query, he said Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat was paying surprise visits to the markets and Sunday Bazar to check selling of edibles at government notified rates.

The civil administration was doing utmost efforts to meet demand and supply gap to provide maximum relief to the masses, he maintained.

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