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