KARACHI - Despite Rs2.5billion relief under Ramazan package, prices of the flour are higher than subsidized rates announced by the provincial government.

Even distributors of subsidized flour under Ramazan package are found involved in selling of commodity to the traders at higher rates only to get the commission. Traders and shopkeepers purchase subsidized flour from the distributors and flour mills and sell it on exorbitant rates.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali has also taken notice of overcharging on flour prices by some retailers in various areas of the City and ordered Commissioner Karachi to get the illegal practice stopped forthwith. The CM expressed concern on exorbitant rates being charged by some retailers against the subsidized price of Rs23 per kg for flour under Ramadan Package 2012.

He directed the Commissioner to immediately arrest elements involved in the practice and give them strict punishment. However, despite the CM’s notice and directives, the flour was being sold on exorbitant rates in many areas of the City including Sadr, Kharadar and Gulshane-Iqbal.

Meanwhile, Taking action against profiteering and hoarding of the essential commodities in the holy month of Ramazan, total 134 profiteers were arrested and 2462 challaned, said Commissioner Karachi, Roshan Ali Sheikh. In a statement issued on Sunday, Roshan Ali Sheikh said the profiteers are being arrested, challaned and fined to contain the profiteering and hoarding of essential commodities.

He said over Rs 2.76 million have been fined on the charges of selling essential food items on excessive prices. He said action is also being taken against those shopkeepers and vendors who have not displayed the price-list of essential items.

Roshan Ali Sheikh informed the deputy commissioners of districts East, West, South, Central and Malir have also taking action against profiteering. In crack down against profiteers, the deputy commissioners of five districts in Karachi have challaned 312 shopkeepers, 15 were sent behind the bars while Rs 39,9200 have been fined on selling essential items on excessive prices, said the Commissioner Karachi.