In recent months, food costs have risen in Pakistan mainly due to rising oil prices and the declining value of the rupee. Shortages of wheat flour and sugar in local markets have further compelled retailers to raise the prices of essential food items. It is becoming increasingly challenging for low and middle-income families to afford two square meals a day.
The absence of jobs amid surging inflation will have an adverse impact on the country. People may resort to theft, crime, and other malpractices to meet their daily needs. Many have lost all hope and taken drastic measures like committing suicide to end their misery. The rising food prices will increase hunger, malnourishment, and disease. Nowadays, in many households, both husband and wife contribute to daily expenses. Yet, many are struggling to get by as incomes remain low.
The concerned government departments need to revive the economy and expand avenues for investment, particularly in rural and remote areas to create employment opportunities. Pakistan’s citizens deserve better livelihoods and secure futures.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2023.