LAHORE - Contrary to the public complaints about profiteering by the traders in city during the holy month of Ramazan, Lahore DCO Capt (r) Muhammad Usman claims the city district government ensured uninterrupted supply of commodities at 31 Ramazan Bazaars at subsidized rates.

“We controlled the prices, quality and abundance of commodities at Ramazan bazaars, critical markets and routine general inspection in open markets,” the DCO said during a press briefing at Town Hall yesterday.

Answering a query, the DCO admitted that the city government has been facing the challenge of controlling rates in open market because of city government has no dedicated Price Control Magistrate.

He also informed that 5,221 people were arrested over profiteering, and 2942 FIRS were lodged against shopkeepers who were selling commodities at inflated prices while Rs3.2 m fine were also imposed on the violators.

According to the data collected from the digital meters installed at walkthrough gates at Ramazan bazaars the DCO said that 7 million people visited the Ramazan bazaars showing the confidence of people on the arrangements.

Answering a query he said shortage of tomatoes in last days of Ramazan will be improved in coming years because our local crop of tomato ends when the Ramazan started. The DCO told The Nation that trade with the India is opened at Wagah Border but our local market will determine and when and how the trade will occur.

“Punjab local’s crop of tomato culminated so the Indian tomatoes was supplied to the local market,” he further said.