‘Bring down flour price and we will sell naan for Rs5’

Naan sellers raise price by Re1. Naan is now selling at Rs6 in the city.

Express September 16, 2010

LAHORE: A majority of naan sellers have raised the price by Re1. Naan is now selling at Rs6 in the city. This price hike was put into place without the approval of the City District Government Lahore (CDGL).

Immediately after Eid, the Muttahida Naanbai Association issued a notice regarding sale of naan at Rs6. According to customer Jaleel Ahmed, some naan sellers are making sales at the old price of Rs5 as there is no price check mechanism in the city.  Ahmed said that the CDGL should check the price of naan and roti.  He said that the CDGL has failed to control and ensure prices of essential commodities.

“Shopkeepers are already selling poultry and vegetables at higher prices and now tandoor owners will fleece customers by adopting the same technique,” he said.

Waheed Abbassi, the Naanbai Asscoiation vice president, said that with the sharp rise in the price of fine flour, gas and electricity, the tandoor owners really had no choice in the matter. “When the price of naan was fixed at Rs5 three years ago, an 84 kg flour bag sold for Rs1,800.  Now the same bag sells for Rs2,800 and the price of electricity and gas has increased at least three times,” he said. Abbassi said that while roti sold for Rs 5 and naan for Rs6 in Rawalpindi, roti in Lahore was still available for Rs4. Abbassi said, “If the DCO ensures the price of fine flour at Rs1,800 then naan could be sold for Rs5.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2010.


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