LAHORE - The vegetable vendor or shopkeeper in open market is following official price list of market committee in the provincial capital as the government concerned agencies have totally failed to show its writ.
A survey conducted by The Nation, revealed that shopkeepers are openly violating the market committee as well as the provincial food department price list and feel free to charge any price with their own will. Though the lists were seen displayed almost at every shop yet it they were not being implemented anywhere in city.
Shoppers are of the view that the price magistrates, who are responsible to keep vigilant on prices were not seen anywhere in any retail market and this apathetic behaviour of them was also leading to escalate prices of edibles. They said that they are already affected with ever-increasing real inflation due to surge in petroleum and energy tariff and now also being hit by this artificial inflation due to administrative failure of the provincial government.
In the absence of any price control mechanism from wholesale market to end users, an item is sold at different rates. The seller sells it with a price their own will while the stockists also sell an item at different rates to different buyers.
Meanwhile, prices of most of the essential kitchen items remained on high side during last week however mixed trend was witnessed in prices of different vegetables. Prices of some vegetables remained stable, while other registered slight increase, as potato was being available at Rs20-25 per kg in wholesale market while at Rs30-35 in retail market, lemon at Rs50 per kg in wholesale market and Rs70 in retail market, ginger at Rs240 per kg in wholesale market and Rs280 in retail market, garlic at Rs120 per kg in wholesale market and Rs 160 in retail, capsicum at Rs60 per kg in wholesale market and Rs75 in retail market, cabbage was being sold at Rs18 per kg in whole sale market and Rs25 in retail market.
The survey noted that tomato was being sold at Rs30-35 per kg against Rs40-50 per kg, chicken at Rs215 per kg, vegetable gee (loose) at 160 per kg, cooking oil (2.5 litre tin) was being sold at Rs530, wheat flour 10kg bag was being sold at Rs 405, eggs were at Rs 100 per dozen. The survey noted that mutton was being sold at R 600-620 per kg, while beef was being sold at Rs 280-300 per kg. However, prices of most of the pulses were stable.
Replying to question Badamibagh Vegetable Market Wholesalers Association President, M Jahangir, said that as to how can they sell vegetables on less rate?” He said the wholesale traders wanted a decent profit margin so they could continue their business. If the government wants to bring down the price, it should take measures to enhance supplies, he said. Considering rent and transportation overheads, it was not just for the administration to tell traders to settle for a meagre profit margin.