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Hoarding continues in twin cities despite fines

–People in areas sealed after positive corona cases on the mercy of God for ration

ISLAMABAD: In the testing times of novel coronavirus, the administration of twin cities seem struggling to curtail hoarding on essential commodities. However, with their less effective strategy’s, the people are suffering as they made to pay at least 40 percent extra amount on flour, rice, tea, sugar, lentils and vegetables, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably.

By going into the fruit, vegetable and supermarkets, it has emerged that 20kg pack of flour is being sold for Rs 1200 to Rs 1400 at most places of the twin cities. Moreover, sugar is selling Rs 85 to Rs 90 per Kilo Gram (kg) from the original price of Rs 68. The price of tea and pulses are also artificially increased by 20 to 40 per cent including the prices of vegetables and fruits.

Despite the clear direction from the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the district administration of Rawalpindi has sheer failed to come up with an effective plan to provide the essential commodities to the doorsteps of people who are living in the areas which are sealed by the administrators following the confirmation of dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases including Dhok Kashmirian, Dhok Paracha and Magistrate Colony.

On the other hand, the district administration of Islamabad has made a volunteer force of youngsters who will be proving food items to the sealed areas like H-9 Christian Colony, Bhara Kahu and other areas amid this crisis.

In sister cities, most of the field officers of the administration and police have either focused on sealing the premises or forcing people to stay at home, leaving them on the mercy of Allah as they will be deprived of food in the coming days if the situation continues.

Mohsin Raza, a resident of Sector G-10, Islamabad said that the prices of commodities, vegetables and fruits are increasing every day. “The mask which was being sold at Rs 10 is now available in the market for Rs 50 and especially the price of 120ml sanitizer has upsurges from Rs 100 to 350 and at some stores, it is being sold even more than 450,” he said.

When contacted, the deputy commissioner of Islamabad, Hamza Shafqat said that during the pandemic situation, the administration is the most effective body to deal with it. “In the last 24 hours, the administration held 10 raids across the Islamabad and issued fine more than 70,000 to different shopkeepers on hoarding.”

He said that Islamabad administration has also registered two FIRs against the culprits of hoarding.

The Islamabad administration has enhanced surveillance by all Assistant Commissioners (ACs) for ensuring the availability of masks, sanitizers and essential commodities, he added.

He went on saying that the district administration has arranged 105 ambulances from different hospitals to mitigate any emergency situation.

“An inspection was carried out by the ETO Sharif Gul, AC Saddar and his team in sabzi(vegetables) and fruit mandi(market) for price control and provision of essential commodities. 30 stalls/shops were checked and 10 were penalized. Rs 15,500 fine was imposed on violators,” he concluded.

The writer is a member of the staff, Islamabad Bureau.