Price lists of fruit, vegetables vendors go unchecked in capital

Islamabad—The vendors of fruit and vegetables in the twin cities of Islamabad-Rawalpindi continue to fleece the public in the absence of any official rate list. The rate list is issued daily by the concerned department but its mandatory display at a prominent place in the shop always remained an irritating issue both for the vendors and the shoppers.
During a survey conducted by this scribe in various areas of the city like Abpara Market, G-9 Karachi Company, F-6 Supper Market, G-8 Markaz, Sittara Market G-7 and sector I-8, a major difference in asking rates and those of price list was noted.
It was observed that the actual price of potato was Rs 18 per kilogram but it was being sold at Rs 25-30, market price of onion was Rs 40 per kg but these were being sold at Rs. 50 and tomato has a price tag of Rs 55 but were being sold at Rs 70 per kilogram. Similarly the actual rate of Ginger was Rs 95 as per price list and the vendors were charging Rs. 115 and garlic being sold at Rs 200 per kilogram had a price tag of Rs 170 as per the list.
Likewise, the actual price of lady finger was Rs 120 but the sellers were selling for Rs 140 per kg, pumpkin Rs 45 but being sold at Rs 55, brinjal Rs 44 but being sold at Rs 55, peas Rs 70/kg but being sold at Rs 85-90. “Tinda Valaiti” (gourd) has a price tag of Rs 44/kg but being sold at Rs 55-60, cucumber Rs 30 was being sold at Rs 40-45, green chili with official price of Rs 75/kg was being sold at Rs 90-100, cauliflower Rs 35/kg was being sold at Rs 45 and market price of bitter gourd was Rs 87 but being sold at Rs 100- 110/kg.
The actual price of spinach was Rs 18-24 per kg but being sold at Rs 30-35 by vendors, radish Rs 16-20 but being sold at Rs 30/kg, turnip Rs 35 but being sold at Rs 45-50/kg, carrot Rs 26-32 was being sold at Rs 50-55 and the price of eggs was Rs 72 per dozen int he official rate list and were sold at Rs 80-85 in general market.
Similarly, the actual price of apple (Kala kulo) was Rs 100-122 per kilogram but being sold at Rs 150-160, apple golden with a official price tag of Rs 90 was being sold at Rs 120-130 by vendors, apple white was Rs 80 in the official list and was sold at Rs 100-110, banana Pakistani was being sold at Rs 120 per dozen against official rate of Rs 80, banana Indian having official price tag of Rs 175 was being sold at Rs 200- 220 per dozen, Orange (kino special) has an official price of Rs 154 was being sold at Rs 200-250 per dozen, Guava was being sold at Rs 150/kg against official price of Rs 115.
Similarly straw berry with a price tag of Rs 170 was being sold at Rs 250 and market rate of melon was Rs 44-56 which was being sold at Rs 80-100 per kilogram in various localities.—APP

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