PESHAWAR - In order to provide relief to people during the holy month of Ramazan, the city district administration has decided to set up sasta bazaars at various points to provide daily commodities on subsidised rates.

The decision was taken during a meeting held under chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Zaheerul Islam in which administrator, inspectors and other government officials participated. "Sasta bazaars will be set up at three different locations in next two days," Zaheerul Islam said this while talking to The Nation after the meeting. For this purpose, he informed that three main places one each at Shah-i-Bagh, University town and interior city were identified to establish these bazaars, wherein essential food items would be available on subsidised rates for people in the holy month of Ramazan.

"We will strictly implement official prices in all retail markets to give maximum relief to masses," he said, adding the administration took action against more than 57 profiteers and hoarders by sending them to central jail for one month along with imposing heavy fines on them. He informed that teams were formed to keep check and ensure officials rates in all shopping markets and bazaars in provincial metropolis.

Owing to delay in taking decision regarding the establishment of saasta bazaars, retailers and shopkeepers took full advantage and continued selling of edibles at exorbitant rates.

Izhar Khan, a buyer, said the provincial government was failed to give any sort of relief to masses, as prices of essential food commodities were sky high in the holy month of Ramazan. He questioned is there any authority existed who can control this exorbitant rates of daily use items. The residents of Peshawar demanded the government to take serious steps to implement official rates in all retail markets and ensure relief to poor segment of society in this holy month.

During a survey conducted by The Nation on Monday in several markets and bazaars, a sharp increase in prices of daily use items was observed.

The prices of fruits, vegetables, milk, yogurt, dates, Pakoras, Samosas, Jaleebi, fried vermicelli and ice have been jacked up upto 200 per cent in the areas of Saddar, Lalkurti, Dheri, Bakra Mandi, Dhamial Road, Hayyal Village, Tulsa Chowk, Dhoke Juma, Caltax Road, Morgah, Adyala Road, Mubarak Lane, Chungi Number 20, Jarahi, Janjua Town, Kehkashan Colony, Mumtaz Market, Ali Town, Kalyal, Gulshan-e-Abad, Shahpur, and many other areas, forcing fast-observes to break their fast with salt and water.