Prices of chicken have registered a sharp increase in Islamabad and Rawalpindi ahead of Ramazan. The price has been hiked to 200 and above in many localities. The commodity was selling at Rs160 a few days ago.
People have urged the authorities to notify the prices and ensure their implementation. Imran Ahmad, an employee at a private office, said that the demand for chicken had increased due to wedding season before Ramazan and subsequently the prices shot up. “The authorities should chalk out a mechanism to check prices of kitchen items especially during Ramazan,” said Sadia Sajjad, a house wife.
A representative of the poultry association said costly feed and rise in petroleum prices were the reasons behind the price hike.
Sajid Ali, a government employee, said though authorities claim to be monitoring prices and taking action against profiteers, there was nobody to hold the profiteers accountable. He demanded strict implementation of price list.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2015.
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