The Ramzan Package, trumpetedly announced and publicised through big advertisements along with the photo of the Khadam-e-A’ala by the Punujab Government, has been withered away in the air within first week of the holy month of fasting. Profiteers, black marketeers and vested interests are playing havoc with the people who continue to pay more and more for essential daily use articles which are hardly available at the government fixed prices in Ramzan Bazaars, It war Bazaars and elsewhere.
The so-called raids by the Provincial Ministers, senior officials are not productive and deterrent enough to bring prices of essential articles which the faithfuls require for Sehr and Iftar during the month of fasting. It is generally believed that the vested interests are given a signal by the officials concerned ahead of any surprise raid and the outcome reported is “all is well”. Furthermore, besides the price hike the customers generally do not get full quantity of any commodity for which they are charged as the commodity is found to be much less than what they have paid for. There seems to be no mechanism to check this fraud being plays constantly with the customers. —Lahore