KARACHI - Sindh Chief Secretary (CS) Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput directed all the divisional commissioners to take stern action against profiteers and hoarders and impose heavy fines and seal the business for a long time if found unsatisfactory.

He said this while presiding over an important meeting on prices control of essential commodities in the province. The meeting was attended by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon, Secretary Food Raja Khuram Shahzad, Secretary Agriculture Supply and Price Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar, and other participants including Commissioner Hyderabad, Commissioner Sukkur, Commissioner Shaheed Benazirabad and Commissioner Larkana through video link.

In the meeting, the divisional commissioners while briefing about the action taken in the month of May regarding price control said that 10,371 shops were inspected in last month in the province and a fine of Rs3,416,200 was imposed on unsatisfactory 1,137 units. In Karachi, 672 profiteers were fined Rs2,962,000; in Hyderabad division, 200 unsatisfactory units were fined Rs342,500; in Larkana, 62 shopkeepers were fined Rs21,000; in MirpurKhas, 27 units were fined Rs15,000;  in Shaheed Benazirabad, a fine of Rs53,000 was imposed on 100 units.

Sohail Rajput directs commissioners to monitor action against profiteers themselves

The chief secretary said that heavy fines should be imposed on profiteers and business should be sealed for a long time and make them to follow government rates. He directed the commissioners to monitor the action against the profiteers themselves.  Instructing the Commissioner Karachi to meet the representatives of Flour Mill Association, he said that there was no shortage of wheat in the city and yet why the price of flour in the city was higher than other cities. He said that in any case the prices of flour, ghee and sugar in Karachi should be controlled. He said that he had received complaints of hoarding of flour and ghee in the city and Commissioner Karachi himself should take action against hoarding of flour and ghee and there should be no hoarders in any mill or super store.