Public asks admn to take no­tice of price in­crease of es­sen­tial items

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

BAJAUR AGENCY—The lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of Bajaur Agency has fixed prices of es­sen­tial items for the month of Ra­mazan af­ter taken no­tice of price hike in the re­gion.

The de­ci­sion to fix prices of daily use items was taken dur­ing a high level meet­ing chaired by Bajaur Agency Ad­di­tional Po­lit­i­cal Agent Ir­fanud­din Khan here. Be­sides se­nior of­fi­cials of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, Traders, shop­keep­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bajaur Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Al­liance, con­sumer right ac­tiv­i­ties, and jour­nal­ists par­tic­i­pated the meet­ing.

Mat­ter re­lated to busi­ness and trade ac­tiv­i­ties, law and or­der sit­u­a­tion and strat­egy to main­tain prices of daily use items es­pe­cially ed­i­ble in the agency dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan were dis­cussed in the meet­ing.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bajaur Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Al­liance, so­cial ac­tivists and jour­nal­ists in­formed the of­fi­cials about the cur­rent in­crease in prices of sev­eral items. They pointed out that com­plaints re­gard­ing in­crease in prices of daily use items es­pe­cially veg­eta­bles and fruits were raised but the ad­min­is­tra­tion didn’t dis­charge its duty to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion.

The par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing briefed the of­fi­cials about the fresh in­crease in prices of es­sen­tial items and claimed that the prices of daily use com­modi­ties have in­creased up to 50 per­cent in the re­gion since the start of Ra­mazan.

The par­tic­i­pants were of the views that prices of ev­ery items have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly in the re­gion dur­ing the past cou­ple of days but rates of fruit, veg­eta­bles, ice, meats and chick­ens have wit­nessed dual in­crease due to lack of check and bal­ance.

They asked the of­fi­cials to take se­ri­ous no­tice of in­crease in prices of var­i­ous com­modi­ties in the tribal re­gion. Ad­di­tional Po­lit­i­cal Agent on the oc­ca­sion ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment over poor ar­range­ments and mea­sures to check prices of daily use items in the re­gion dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan.

Ir­fanud­din Khan also showed anger over the con­cerned of­fi­cials for non-is­suance of of­fi­cial price list to the shop­keep­ers in or­der to keep con­trol prices of all daily use items dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan. On the oc­ca­sion the APA as­sured the par­tic­i­pants to use all out ef­forts to main­tain prices of es­sen­tial food items dur­ing Ra­mazan.

On the oc­ca­sion, prices of sev­eral es­sen­tial food items, in­clud­ing fruits, veg­eta­bles, meat, chick­ens, ice, sweets and cool drinks were fixed. It was de­cided in the meet­ing that of­fi­cial price lists to the shop­keep­ers across the agency will be is­sued till next two days. It was also de­cided in the meet­ing that ac­tion would be taken those traders who could found for vi­o­lat­ing the prices fixed by the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

APA said the deal­ers and shop­keep­ers, who were in­volved in cre­at­ing of ar­tifi-cial price hike would be bring in to jus­tice not mat­ter how pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tially they may be. He also asked the rel­e­vant of­fi­cials to im­me­di­ately is­sue of­fi­cial price list to all shop­keep­ers in the agency.— APP

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