ICT determined to check food items at Sasta Bazaars

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory Administration has shown its determination to check the quality and prices of the essential food items being sold at the Sasta Bazaars during Ramazan, as profiteers try to fleece customers by selling substandard commodities.The ICTA has established various Sasta Bazaars in the capital to provide essential kitchen items to the general public at controlled prices. Assistant Commissioner Waqas Sharif while talking to the media personnel said that during the inspection of the Ramazan Bazaars, he had imposed more than Rs 100,000 fine on the profiteers. He said that more than 35 violators had been sent behind the bars in this connection. Although, the ICTA had managed to control the prices of daily commodities, yet the quality of most of the kitchen items was comparatively lower than what was available in the open market, with some vendors openly selling their products at two different rates. Sharif said that under the direction of the Islamabad deputy commissioner, officials of the district administration, including food inspectors and assistant commissioners have been visiting the bazaars on regular basis and have focused on the price and quality of the edible items. A member of the ICTA Action Committee said that Rs 25,000 fine had been imposed on the vendors involved in selling substandard edible items at high rates without displaying the ICTA's approved price list. District food controller Raja Ashraf provided the details of the vegetables and fruit prices. He said that the edible items available at Sasta Bazaars were sold at: potato Rs 64 per kilogramme, onion Rs 32 per kilogramme, tomato Rs 30 per kilogramme, lemon Rs 95 per kilogramme, chicken Rs 159 per kilogramme, egg Rs 79 per dozen, and flour bag Rs 660 per 20 kilogramme. The fruit prices were different according to quality, like high quality apple was being sold at 158 per kilogramme while Rs 130 price was fixed for low quality apple. Mango was available at Rs 50 to Rs 92 per kilogramme, grapes at Rs 215 to Rs 240 per kilogramme and peach at Rs 65 and Rs 112 per kilogramme depending on the quality, DFC added. 

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