RAWALPINDI – District Price Control Committee (DPCC) of the city district government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has badly failed to control the selling of wheat flour and other kitchen items on high prices in the rural and urban areas of the district while people are facing shortage of atta or buying it against high rates.

The DPCC fixed the price for a 20-kg bag of atta at Rs 670 and also fixed rates of other edibles such as rice, salt, ghee, cooking oil and pulses but not a single shopkeeper is selling the items as per the rates fixed by DPCC.

According to a survey, conducted by TheNation on Tuesday in several areas, it was revealed that shopkeepers either are selling 20-kg bag of atta against Rs 780 to 840 to consumers or creating so called shortage of the commodity besides earning illegal profit from Rs 3 to 15 on other daily use items.

It has been observed that majority of the shopkeepers and vendors are not displaying rate lists on some visible places.

Shamasabad, Double Road, Dhoke Kala Khan, Sohan, New and Old Shakeriyal, Khana Bridge, Chatri Chowk, Dhoke Lalyal, Gulzar-e-Quaid, Airport Housing Society, Shah Khalid Colony, Airport Road, Chaklala Scheme-III, Morgah, Kotha Kalan, Jari, Jhamra, Dhoke Noor, Gulshanabad, Kalyal, Shahpur, Kehkashan Colony, Jarahi, Janjua Town, Hill View Lane, Munawar Colony, Chungi Number 20, Mumtaz Market, Ali Town, Dhama Seydan, Kohsar Colony, Khatana, Tulsa, Sherzaman Colony, Khuwaja Corporation, Caltex Road, Rah-e-Aman, Rah-e-Sakoon, Sanjoli Estate, Morgah Mor, Guslistan Colony, Dheri Hassanabad, Tahlimuri, Bakra Mandi, Chakri Road, Dhamial, Hayyal, Bunda Nagyal, Sihal, Chihan, Dhoke Syedan, Girja Road, Baraf Khana Chowk, Chungi 20, Chungi 22, Tench Bhatta, Chakra, Misrial, Peshawar Road, Westridge, Pirwadhai, Dhoke Ratta, Dhoke Mangtal, Dhoke Kasmirian Hazara Colony, Raja Bazaar, Dingi Khoe, Jamia Masjid Road, Banni, Asghar Mall Scheme,  Committee Chowk, Dhoke Elahi Bux, PAF Cinema Road, Rawal Road, Chah Sultan, Waris Khan, Commercial Market, 5th Road, 6th Road, Rehmanabad, Sadiqabad, Kuri Road and many other areas where shopkeepers have launched profiting campaign by looting the poor consumers with both hands.

While, the CDGR high-ups including Commissioner Imdad Ullah Bosal, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar, Chairman DPCC and their brigade of Special Price Magistrates (SPMs) are doing nothing except convening meetings to throw mud in the eyes of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif, who according to reports, took notice of so-called flour shortage in the province.

A meeting, presided over by Chairman DPCC on Saturday last and attended by SPMs and other officials of CDGR, took decision to fix Rs 670 the rate for 20 kg atta bag while Rs 105 to 110 for per kg Basmati Rice, Kernal Rice Rs 120 to 130 per kg, Arri Rice Rs 45 to 48, Daal Chana (small) Rs 95, Daal Chana (fat) 104, Daal Masoor Rs 80, Daal Masoor (washed) 96, Daal Mong Rs 95, Daal Mong (washed) Rs 110, Daal Mash Burma Rs 100, Daal Mash (Karam) 136, Milk Rs 60 per liter, Yogurt Rs 60 per kg.

DPCC also asked the shopkeepers to charge Rs 3 extra from the whole sale price of ghree and sugar whereas ordered naanbias to sale pateer roti at Rs 5 and naan at Rs 6.

However, in a daring and defiant manner, all the shopkeepers in the city were not obeying the rates fixed by DPCC and earning Rs 3 to 15 as illegal profit with no check and balance on the part of SPMs.

Wasif Chaudhry, a poor laborer at Morgah, said that he was running from pillar to post to get some kg of atta for his family. He said that first of all atta was not available in the market or if one got atta anywhere the shopkeepers were charging Rs 820 for 20 kg atta. He said that the government was not taking action against the profiteers.

Saba Khatoon, a house wife at Chungi Number 22, said that the shopkeepers were not following the rate list fixed by DPCC on Monday. He said that she bought 1 kg Daal Mash (Burma) against Rs 120 instead of its fixed price Rs 100. She demanded action against the hoarders.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Imdad Ullah Bosal and DCO Saqib Zafar, as usual, did not receive their cell phones when this scribe made several attempts to get their point of view over the ongoing injustice in the city.

Meanwhile, on the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister, Provincial Secretary Food Ifran Elahi would visit Rawalpindi today (Wednesday). During his visit, the provincial food secretary would review the ongoing crises of flour in the Rawalpindi Division besides holding meetings with high ups of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR), informed sources here on Tuesday.

Moreover, the District Food Department officials would also brief the Punjab Food Secretary Irfan Elahi about the flour supply to the markets by the floor mills, said sources adding that CM Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, while taking notice of ongoing crises of flour in Rawalpindi Division, ordered the secretary to personally visit the division to review the situation.