LAHORE: Vendors at Wahdat Colony Ramazan bazaar are selling eatable items on arbitrary prices under the nose of market price control committee and officials of the Ramazan Bazaar administration, Daily Times learned on Monday.
During a visit to the bazaar, shoppers told Daily Times that many shopkeepers were not following the rate list approved by the City District Government of Lahore.
However, when officials were asked about the issue of arbitrary prices, none of them was ready to accept his responsibility, laying the blame on others.
A shopper, Aslam, told Daily Times that most of the vendors were not following the official rate list and were selling food items on prices of their choice.
Another shopper, Umair Ali, said that he had come there to get the relief of subsidised prices but because of an apparent underhanded deal between vendors and administration, he was going back without shopping. He said that quality of food items was, however, satisfactory.
An official of the town administration, Ihtsham, said that it was not his responsibility to check rate lists and that he was responsible to merely look after administrative arrangements. He said that it was a duty of market price control committee to check rates lists. Upon being confronted more on the issue, he said that he was deputed there on a temporary basis.
A market price control committee official, Muhammad Shah, said that he has unaware of the issue of arbitrary prices. He ensured that action would be taken against vendors, who were selling merchandise on arbitrary prices. He said that price were set and categorised as per quality of items in A, B and C categories and that it could be the reason behind difference of prices for different category of items.
A vendor, Iqbal, said that prices of pulses and other food items were high in the wholesale market; therefore, how can they sell these items on cheaper rates. He said that it was their compulsion to sell edible items on cheaper rates to run their houses.
However, cleanliness arrangements on the premises appeared much better. Besides provision of sitting arrangements, medical facility was also provided for the visitors.
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