Non-displaying of rate list by vendors adding to miseries of citizens

Islamabad—Non-displaying of rate lists by fruit and vegetable vendors in federal capital has further increased miseries of inflation hit citizens as hiked prices are being charged in general markets. The vendors in different markets are bound to display price lists but majority of them don’t follow the directives of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration in this regard. Probably, there is negligence on the part of administration too, which must have put a constant check over the vendors.
When contacted citizens said the vendors who did not display price lists had intentions to get more profit resulting in inflation. They said, although, the government was making strenuous efforts to control inflation which can be witnessed in some markets where vendors display the ICT approved rate list, but ensuring the implementation of price list across the capital was also necessary.
The citizens complained that they often face harsh words by vendors when inquired about the price lists. They said the department concerned was in deep slumber and not taking action against the violators. During a survey conducted by this scribe in various areas of the city including Abpara Market, G-9 Karachi Company, F-6 Supper Market, G-8 Markaz, Sittara Market G-7 and sector I-8, and a major difference was noted in prices mentioned in the approved list and the rates on which the eatables were being sold. For instance, the actual price of Potato was Rs. 18 per kilogram but it was being sold at Rs. 25-30 per kg. Similarly, the market price of Onion was Rs. 40 per kg but being sold at Rs. 50, Tomato Rs. 55 but being sold at Rs. 70 per kilogram, actual rate of Ginger was Rs. 95 but being sold at Rs. 115 and Garlic being sold at Rs. 200 per kg while its market price was Rs. 170. —APP

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