Sky-high prices of food items out of people’s reach
RAWALPINDI—The Punjab Government had committed to give “relief” to the citizens during the holy month of Ramazan by decreasing the overall prices of food items but the unchecked price hike have disappointed the citizens.
Despite the mugging of traders in the open markets, the price control committees remain silent over the escalated rates of food items. The concern of high-ups for price control is confined to Ramazan bazaars only where poor quality of items are being sold at slightly low rates than the market. The retailers have increased the prices of milk, yogurt, meat, chicken and fruits hence the helpless citizens are compelled to overbuy food items. What is more disappointing is that the rates of packed milk have also been increased by the concerned companies without any justification.
The government had fixed the prices of milk as Rs. 70 per litre, yogurt for Rs. 80 per kg, beef for Rs. 325 per kg and mutton for Rs. 625 per kg. The retailers have increased the prices at excessive rates. In open markets milk is sold for Rs. 100 per litre, yogurt for Rs. 110 per kg, beef for Rs. 450 per kg and mutton for Rs. 700 - Rs. 750 per kg.
The prices of fruits including apricots, plums, nectarines, apples and bananas are twice than the prices fixed by the government. Mangoes in particular were sold for Rs. 80 per kg before Ramazan which has inflated to Rs. 140 during the fasting month. In fact fruits have gone beyond the reach of the common man. They have to purchase the fruits for Iftar as their children press for the fruit without realizing the financial conditions of their parents. —INP