RAMZAN CHANDIO & SADIA SAEED KARACHI - The commodity prices in the local markets of the metropolitan are fluctuating. The government seems to be helpless in order to control the prices, The Nation learnt through a survey in the City on Sunday. The edible oil prices of medium brand stood at Rs110 to Rs120 per litre. The oil of superior brand stays at Rs120 to Rs130. Prices of different basmati rice in the market stayed at Rs80 to Rs100 per kg. The sugar price in the market remains at Rs38.50 per kg. It is noteworthy that the retail price of sugar is Rs42 per kg. In some areas of the City the price of sugar stays between Rs44 to Rs46 per kg. The price of chaki atta is Rs38 per kg in the local markets. Open milk is sold for Rs38 to Rs42 per kg. While on the other hand, the dry milk is sold for Rs375 per 5 kg. The price of dry milk has moved up by Rs25 from last month. Meanwhile, the egg prices in the local market are also high, as Rs65-70 per dozen. According to the spokesman of wholesalers and retailers market association, the sugar price has surged up because of low sugar production. The current crop of sugarcane has given less sugar production. The sugar production was 4.7 million tons last year. During current year, the sugar production is expected to be 3.5 to 4 million tons. It is noteworthy that the annual consumption of sweetener is 4.2 million tons. The ex-mill rate of sugar in Sindh is Rs37.50 per kg. The sugar dealers increase the rate by 50 paisa per kg while Rs1 is increased by the whole-sale dealers and finally the retailers increase the rate by Rs2 per kg. This step by step hike in sugar price is linked to the increasing petrol prices. Now, even the prices of petroleum products have sharply declined, the commodity prices are still increasing. Moreover, the increased wheat price is attributed to the shortage of wheat in the market. Due to this shortage the chakki owners have to buy the wheat from the open market which is expensive than the price offered by the government. The indigenous wheat price is Rs26.50 per kg. It is Rs2,650 per 100 kg. The imported wheat is being sold at Rs24.50 per kg while the 100kg bag is for Rs2450. The quality of imported wheat is also questionable. According to the market analyst, the government of Sindh has announced that there will be shortage of wheat in the province. The stockers and the hoarders have stocked the wheat in order to increase their profit by selling it at high price. It is worth mentioning that the price of indigenous wheat was Rs24.50 per kg in the first week of February which is now Rs26.50 per kg. "All the measures by the government go in vain as it has failed to provide any relief to the general public. Despite, sharp cut in international oil prices, no relief has been passed on the public. Inflation rate is mounting up day by day. The prices of all the basic commodities are high because the government has been failed to pass on the benefit of declining oil prices. The government and other authorities responsible for price control have failed to protect the consumers' right, if there are any rights for the general public," opined an analyst. "The mounting prices of the vegetables and pulses are also alarming for the public. The prices of onion and tomatoes have surged during the last few days. Pulses, on the other hand, have also shown fluctuation, as in some pulses the price has gone down while other remains high," he added. "Even when the petroleum prices in the country have come down significantly, there is no such impact on the prices of vegetables and other groceries. The provincial government has ensured many times about the strict check on the commodity prices but this is still to be witnessed by the public," he concluded.