LAHORE: “The government has controlled hoarding and profiteering in the city,” Food Minister Bilal Yasin said on Sunday. He was speaking to the media during his visit to the Shadman Sunday Bazaar. He said commodities of good quality were available at Sunday Bazaars.
The minister monitored security and parking arrangements at Shadman, Wahdat Colony and Gulshan-i-Ravi Sunday Bazaars. He directed the town administration to provide safe drinking water at the bazaars. Zahid and Ali, two shoppers at Shadman Bazaar, said some vendors had started overcharging people soon after the minister left the market. They said everything was in order during the minister’s visit but “things changed rapidly [after he left].
According to the official price list, potatoes were being sold for Rs 25 to Rs28 a kilogramme; the price has declined by Rs7 a kg this week. Onions were being sold for Rs50 to Rs52 a kg, tomatoes for Rs60 to Rs65 a kg, garlic for Rs140 to Rs150 a kg, the Chinese garlic for Rs150 to Rs165 a kg, the Chinese ginger for Rs95 to Rs105 a kg, brinjals for Rs20 to Rs22 a kg, bitter gourd for Rs55 to Rs65 a kg, spinach for Rs20 to Rs25 a kg, lemon (Chinese) for Rs40 to Rs50 a kg and capsicum for Rs60 to Rs70 a kg.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2015.
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