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Citizens are concerned about the huge difference between the official and retail prices of food itemsABBO News

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ISLAMABAD (Quadrat Daily) Citizens who are already suffering due to rising prices of petroleum products, gas and electricity are seen discussing and repeating the huge difference between the official and retail prices of vegetables and essential items. Dawn newspaper. According to the report. if the daily rates of wholesale and retail of vegetables published by the Commissioner Karachi on its website are considered as standard, while it is also a fact that the list is biased towards both retailers and wholesalers. has been called unrealistic, however there is a clear difference between the wholesale prices of the vegetable market on the Superhighway and the prices prevailing in the retail markets of different parts of the city.
No retailer in the city keeps the official price list in his shop, which means the official list is only available on the Commissioner’s website. It is also surprising to see the distribution and implementation of the price list in the city. Although there is no mechanism for this, the city government takes credit for checking the benefits from the retailer from time to time.
If a buyer shows the retailer the price list on his smartphone, he replies that the commission charges are not applicable in the market and there is no question of selling at that rate. The retailers argue that the Karachi commissioner and his team first ensure the availability of vegetables at these prices and then catch us for selling them at higher prices. The vegetable stall sellers get higher prices from the vendors while in prices include the cost of moving consumers.
In this whole situation, consumers living in different areas are seen fighting over the prices of vegetables. One consumer says that he bought good quality onions for Rs.200 per kg, while other consumers claim that he bought the same onion for Rs. 180 rubles. to Rs. per kg However, the government wholesale rate of onion is Rs.140. per kg and the retail rate is Rs.143. per kg.
One customer said he bought old potatoes at Rs 70-80 per kg, while another buyer said he bought it at Rs 60 per kg. The official wholesale rate of potato is 43 rubles and the retail rate is 46 rubles per kg, the new potato is being sold at 120 rupees per kg, while the official wholesale and retail rates are 83 and 86 rupees per kg, while some buyers pay 130 to 140 rupees per kg.
Given this wide and visible difference in prices, it seems that the Commissioner’s office is not interested in checking the reality of the market. The number of government officials appointed to check prices is very less, which leads to traders, consumers It is also a difficult task for consumers to find quality products at low prices, while sellers say that there are 2 to 3 types of vegetables with different prices in the market.
Karachi wholesalers and grocers association chairman Rauf Ibrahim said that the release of daily food price by the commissioner has been suspended for the last 3 years but there is no basis to penalize the retailer. He said that government officials are only receiving salaries and benefits, not protecting the interests of consumers, the commissioner after meeting with wholesalers and retailers every 15 days. To release the price.

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