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Prices of food items go through the roof as govt fails to rein in profiteers in Ramadan

By News Desk

March 17, 2024 12:37 PM


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As always is the case, prices of food items have increased sharply across the country in the holy month of Ramadan as the government has failed to rein in profiteers who are selling these items at the rates of their choice, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

The situation is no different in Karachi where prices of vegetables have skyrocketed.  

Onion is being sold in the market at the rate of Rs220 per kilo, which is Rs50 per kilo higher than the rate fixed by the government. Commissioner Karachi had fixed the rate at Rs170 per kilo.  

Similarly, the price of one kilo of potatoes in the market ranges between Rs40 and Rs60, while per kilo of tomatoes costs between Rs50 and Rs80.  

Likewise, the government rate of a carrot is Rs25 per kilo, while it is being sold in the market at prices ranging between Rs30 per kilo and Rs60 per kilo.

Peas are being sold at prices ranging between Rs130 per kilo and Rs150 per kilo.

Contrary to the government rate of Rs236 per kilo, ladyfinger is available at Rs250 per kilo.  

Likewise, as per the list of prices issued by the government, the price of garlic is Rs598 per kilo, while it is being sold at Rs640 per kilo.  

Similarly, the government rate of ginger is 495 per kilo, while it is being sold in the market at Rs640 per kilo.

The government had fixed the rate of lemon at Rs368 per kilo, while in the market its price has soared to Rs480 per kilo.   

The government rate of spices is Rs253 per kilo, while in the market these are being sold at Rs400 per kilo.

   

Reporters: Kawish Memon and Baseem Iftikhar, Uswa Fatima


News Desk


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