LAHORE- The Punjab government has badly failed to overcome worst scarcity of white refined sugar here in the open market due to the mismanagement in the supply chain, as the domestic consumers have become rolling stone in search of the commodity. Market sources said that the government has failed to ensure proper supply of sugar in the open market at the fixed price of Rs 40 per-kg as the sugar stocks have almost exhausted. Interestingly, the sweetener is being sold at Rs 60 per-kg in most parts of the City with impunity while the domestic consumers are helplessly running from pillar to post to buy sugar at Rs 40 per-kg, the price fixed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The shopkeepers complained that the City district government is releasing sugar quota only to their favourites, mostly the PML-N workers in the town. I visited four Kiryana stores including Bismillah Kiryana store in Choburgi Chowk, Haq general store, Mashallah general store and Saeed general store in Shamnagar area but there was no sugar, Sami Uddin a consumer said. He further said that sugar was not available at any shop in UC-87 of the City as the residents were facing sever shortage for the last two weeks. According to the sources, the PML-N workers had prepared list of the shops and obliged only their blue-eyed shopkeepers during the registration process. The City district government is supplying two sugar bags of 50-kg only to these registered shopkeepers. The PML-N workers have totally ignored the genuine shopkeepers due to which the sugar shortage is worsening in the City, Sami Uddin added. Sources also said that there were a number of people who had got them registered as shopkeepers. These ghost shopkeepers, getting 100-kg sugar quota on daily basis from the government, are involved in black marketing of the commodity. Not enough, some shopkeepers are also involved in black marketing of the sugar. A resident of Ferozwala revealed that a lady magistrate visited Imamia Colony in Ferozwala area on Wednesday, distributed sugar bags among the shopkeepers and ordered them to display the banners of the government to ensure sugar sale at Rs 40 per-kg. Soon after she left the area, the shopkeepers removed the banners and hid the sugar stocks, an eyewitness said. The local residents urged the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to streamline the supply chain to ensure sugar sale at the officially fixed price. They also said that the demand is very high as compared to the supply therefore, the government should further improve supply of the commodity. According to a market sources, sugar was not available at most of the retail shops in the City on Wednesday as people were witnessed running from pillar to post to get sugar packets. The consumers have been left with no other option but to stop the use of sugar due to non-availability of the commodity in the open market. Thousands of roadside tea-stalls, small restaurants and bakery shops have also suspended their operations due to the worst scarcity of the commodity. We dont have sugar to sell. Our customers are leaving back with empty-hands. We have been facing worst shortage of the commodity for the last two weeks, Rana Sohail, a shopkeeper in Johar Town area said. He said that the City District Government had failed to improve the sugar supply situation. No shopkeeper has sugar stocks for sale. Everybody has stopped its sale, he added. Shortage of sugar was also visible at the utility stores where long queues and a rush of people, who were in search of the commodity, was seen on Wednesday. It was observed that sugar was not available at any retail shop all over the City particularly in Iqbal Town, Wahdat Colony, Township, Faisal Town, Baghbanpura, Harbanspura, Ichra, Johar Town, Gujjarpura, Samanabad, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Walled City, Garden Town, Muslim Town, Shadman and Mozang areas. According to market sources, in the posh localities of the City sugar was available at some leading stores but at a very high price of up to Rs 60 per-kg against the official price of Rs 40 per-kg fixed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Muhammad Akram Rao, President Lahore Kiryana Merchants Association said that the shopkeepers have no sugar to sell and the sugar business had come to a halt due to the worst scarcity of the commodity. He urged the government to immediately bridge the supply and demand gap by ensuing adequate to overcome the shortage in the open market. The salesmen at some big wholesale outlets were witnessed selling the commodity at high prices of Rs 60 per-kg but only to their familiar customers to avoid government action.