Citizens are seriously protesting and expressing grave concerns over the skyrocketing prices of different eatable items as the rates of such items have doubled in Faisalabad which the third largest city of Pakistan.

“The district administration and local lawmakers are taking different steps just to please the PML-N government instead of making efforts to control inflation that is a result of flawed economic policies of the central government,” said various traders.

Vendors said that they could not sell out commodities at less prices than those at which they purchased. They termed all the provincial government’s steps to control inflation a “shameful political drama”. However, the district administration and members of assemblies were aimed to please the provincial government rather than playing vital role to control price hike, they added.

On the other side, Divisional Commissioner Sardar Akram Javed, RPO Nawaz Warraich, MNA Rana Muhammad Afzal and MPA Begum Najma Afzal visited Sahulat bazaars in the city and checked the prices, quality and availability of the essential commodities. They inspected various stalls of vegetables, fruit and other grocery items and expressed their satisfaction over the downtrend of the prices of vegetables.

The MNA said that under the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a network of Sahulat bazaars had been arranged throughout the Punjab for providing essential items to the consumer at subsidised prices. He said that the mechanism have proved to be helpful to control prices. He appreciated the district administration’s efforts for holding such bazaars in the district in an organised manner.

The divisional commissioner informed the parliamentarian about the measures taken by the divisional and district administrations to make the bazaars a success. He maintained that separate blocks for vegetables, fruits and grocery items had been arranged to facilitate the consumers. Moreover, complaint centres have also been established in these bazaars besides setting up of medical camps, counters of municipal services and labour departments, he added.

The RPO said the profiteers and hoarders would not be spared and the police were performing duties with the price control magistrates. Meanwhile, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal and Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab Rai Haider Khan Kharal inspected a bazaar at Jaranwala. They checked the quality and prices of the commodities and expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements.

The DCO said that 8 mini model bazaars were also being established for providing the essential goods on affordable prices to the consumers on permanent basis. Citizens are questioning why despite all the steps of district and divisional administrations, prices were out of control. “Also the divisional commissioner and the DCO are not satisfied with the performance of these bazaars and expressing concerns over the situation,” claimed the citizens.