Ramazan package: prices of 43 items reduced

KARACHI: The city administration has welcome Ramazan Kareem by reducing prices of 43 items from Rs 2 to 50 each.Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said on Saturday that rates of 75 grocery items have been fixed, including pulses, rice, spices, dry fruits, flour, oil, ghee, sweets, nimko, bakery items and tea, which would be closely monitored. The rates of 43 items have been reduced, while rates of other 32 items would remain stable.“I can assure you that there could be no price hike this Ramazan and whoever tried to challenge the writ of the government would face stern action. Our staff has committed to give their best to control the price hike this time,” Siddiqui said at a press briefing regarding announcement of Ramazan package at his office.He said that Ulema had been requested to address the issue of profiteering hazards in their speeches and sermons so that traders fear God and provide relief to people, at least in Ramazan. The Price Control Committee headed by Karachi-II Additional Commissioner has had several successful meetings with manufacturers and wholesalers to get the maximum concession on daily-use commodities. Rates of 43 items had been reduced from Rs 2 to Rs 50. The concession had been given on prices of essential commodities. “Dalda Foods has given concession of Rs 5 per kilogram on ghee and Rs 9 on oil. Kissan Ghee has given concession of Rs 10 per kg on ghee and oil. While, Sufi Banaspati and Oil has given concession of Rs 4 to Rs 6 on different items,” he said.Prices of meat would remain stabilized. It would be sold throughout Ramazan as follows: mutton at Rs 550 per kg; beef (with bone) at Rs 280 per kg and (without bone) at Rs 320 per kg; calf meat at Rs 330 per kg.Meanwhile, all the flourmills have reduced the prices of flour; their subsidised rate of a 10 kg bag would be Rs 360. It has also been ordered that every flourmill would set up a fair price shop and publicize it through banners. They were also asked to set up their stalls at all Bachat Bazaars, where they would ensure to sell Awami Atta on subsidised price. The new rates of roti fixed mutually by the shopkeepers and city administration are: roti of 120/125 gram flour to be sold at Rs 5 instead of Rs 6. Roti of 170/180 gram would be sold at Rs 9 instead of Rs 10. Roti made of fine flour of 120/150 gram would be sold at Rs 6 instead of Rs 7, while all types of chapattis would be sold at Rs 5 each. Talking about the issue of city traffic Siddiqui said that City Wardens and Sindh Boys Scouts would be deployed throughout the city to help traffic police manage the traffic throughout the city.“We are trying to get some parking areas opened near big markets so that illegal parking could be removed and easy flow of traffic ensured,” he added. “While, all the deputy commissioners have been ordered to be vigilant and show no leniency if traders and shopkeepers fail to adhere to the government fixed prices,” he continued.‘Fasting can reduce risk of heart attack’: Medical experts believed that the people suffering from diabetes, high-blood pressure, kidney and cardiovascular diseases could observe fasting in holy month of Ramazan with the consultation with their doctors. Sir Syed Hospital Diabetes Department In-charge, Prof Zaman Sheikh said patients who are suffering of high-blood pressure, kidney, diabetes, and other disease can observe fasting if they use medicines on the prescription of doctors during the holy month of Ramazan. He said fasting could reduce the risk of heart attack in normal people and also keep people healthy. Nutritionist Faiza Khan said uses of fresh fruits, milk, eggs, yogurt, bananas and dates will keep a person healthy and active during Ramazan fasting. She said fasting is great blessing for people who want to quit tobacco, betel leaf, betel nut and other health hazardous substances. Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Centre leader Dr S M Qaisar Sajjad said special care is needed in Ramazan fasting as the month starts in warm weather this year. He said use of items like unhygienic fruit chaat, soft drinks, yogurt and other items may lead towards nose, ear and throat problems, so precautionary steps are necessary. He urged the people to use such items with great care to avoid diseases. He advised people to eat homemade items during Sehri and Iftar timings and avoid deep fried foods. He further advised to drink properly boiled water at Sehri and Iftar during the month of Ramazan. 

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