Sell­ing sub-stan­dard fruit and veg­eta­bles, no stalls for basins, grams, pulses

Ra­mazan Bazars dis­ap­point peo­ple

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

RAWALPINDI—Ra­mazan Sasta Bazars set up by the district ad­min­is­tra­tion on the in­struc­tions of Pun­jab govern­ment have dashed hopes of the cit­i­zens to get es­sen­tial com­modi­ties for If­tar/Sehr at sub­si­dized rates.

Though the of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for the estab­lish­ment of the Sasta Bazars have man­aged to ar­range Tar­pau­lin shade for the con­ve­nience of the shop­keep­ers and the cus­tomers but what is dis­cour­ag­ing the visi­tors is that most of the es­sen­tial items are com­pletely miss­ing in th­ese Bazars.

A visit to a few Bazars in­clud­ing the one at Khaya­bane-Sir Syed in Sec­tor II, near Awan Mar­ket ex­posed the claims of sale of cheaper items than com­pared to the mar­ket. First of all there were no sale points for Ra­mazan es­sen­tial items like Basins, Grams, pulses and veg­etable ghee and oil.

Though there have been sev­eral fruit stalls but the qual­ity is in­fe­rior than those be­ing sold just out­side the Bazars. The rea­son is that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is hell bent to keep the fruit rates lower than the mar­ket but no at­ten­tion is be­ing given to the stuff be­ing of­fered to the cus­tomers. As a re­sult, the sale of fruit at the Bazars is nom­i­nal and only those peo­ple buy man­goes and wa­ter mel­ons of poor qual­ity who can­not af­ford.

A few items of veg­eta­bles are on sale like Pota­toes and Onions. Th­ese are of bet­ter qual­ity like in the mar­ket but there is no ma­jor dif­fer­ence in the prices of the mar­ket and the Sasta Bazars. For ex­am­ple Onions were be­ing sold at the Sasta bazaars at Rs 24 pkg while in the mar­ket the price is Rs 25 pkg.

The cus­tomers at the Sasta Bazar said they are dis­ap­pointed to see that there are no sale points for Basins/ Grams and the qual­ity of fruits is poor. They said that the bazaars were set up on the di­rec­tion of Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif and a mas­sive amount of sub­sidy was an­nounced by him to fa­cil­i­tate the peo­ple. How­ever there are no items on which the sub­sidy can be given by the govern­ment like flour, basin, gram, and other pulses.

In in­ter­view, a young doc­tor Li­aquat Jadoon, who had come to the Bazar with lot of ex­pec­ta­tion said he did not buy any­thing be­cause re­quired items were ei­ther not avail­able or their qual­ity was very poor. He pointed out that while there is rush of peo­ple buy­ing fruits for If­tar in the mar­ket, the Bazar was al­most giv­ing a de­serted look and that speaks a lot about its util­ity.

He said the district ad­min­is­tra­tion in­stead of leav­ing the man­age­ment of the bazaars at the dis­posal of cler­i­cal staff, must post se­nior of­fi­cers who should en­sure avail­abil­ity of all es­sen­tial items.—INP

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