LAHORE - The Sunday Bazaar consumers termed the rate lists of commodities issued by the price control committee of City District Government Lahore (CDGL) authorities are mere an eyewash and fake because rates of products available in the Sunday bazaars varied from the rate lists. During a survey of Sunday bazaars, the consumers complained that shopkeepers continued fleecing the consumers as usual by increasing prices of daily use commodities in violation of price lists of price control committee and such practice of overcharging was unchecked by the authorities concerned. The consumers complained that most of the stall holders and handcart vendors of the Sunday bazaars were overcharging on various commodities particularly on the vegetables and fruits by overlooking all the rules and regulations set up by the CDGL and were openly violating the rate lists issued by the market committee. In fact the wholesale and retailers are responsible for such price-hike while our margin is nominal, the stall holders of Sunday bazaars clarified. Some shopkeepers while justifying overcharging said they compelled to increase the prices of commodities because the retailers and growers also increased the rates of most of the commodities particularly the vegetables and fruits. How can we sale a product at Rs20 which they purchased on the same rate from the wholesale markets while the price control committee used to fix the rates of most of the products without confirming prices of such products in the wholesale markets, said Rasheed Ahmed, a stall holder. He said the shopkeepers got stall in Sunday bazaars for earning profit for feeding their families and not for bearing loss. He further said it was not fair on part of the authorities to force them to sale products on purchase rates or on even lower rates than the purchased rates of commodities. When the authorities concerned force them to follow the rate list of price control committee, they compel to sell lower quality or substandard products to the consumers, he admitted. On the other hand, the citizens complained that the stall holders themselves increased the rates more than 15 to 25 per cent on all the commodities in violation of the rate list which usually trouble the poor consumers in particular, said a consumer Mehmmood, resident of Baghbanpura. If the Sunday bazaars are not cheaper than the other markets of the City then no need to set-up such Sunday bazaars, said Jamil, resident of Shah Jamal Colony. He said the Sunday bazaars perhaps were being introduced by the government in order to facilitate the poor consumers but the goal could not be achieved because mostly products available in the other markets were better quality wise than Sunday bazaars which was a failure of the planners of the CDGL and other administrators of Sunday bazaars. However, an official of Sunday bazaar administration said in this regard that ups and down in the rates was a routine matter, however, the district administration had mechanism to keep check over the shopkeepers and the prices of the commodities available in the Sunday bazaars were being monitored regularly and complaints of consumers were also being redressed. He further said the district administration also established an affective monitoring system in this regard which remained alert and kept an eye on the activities of the stall holders and the officials on duty as well.