Karachi Commissioner Sohail Rajput on Sunday directed all deputy commissioners to effectively enforce prices set by the city government as well as the government.
According to a press statement from the commissioner’s office, the commissioner has asked the deputy commissioner to pressure profiteers and hoarders who cause price increases.
Leading a meeting at his office to review steps taken by the city government to provide essential foodstuffs at fixed prices, Rajput said there was a need to take effective steps to control fixed prices and take action against profiteers and hoarders with impunity.
He asked the deputy commissioner to accompany all additional deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and mukhtarkars who enjoy judicial power to control the prices of important goods.
The meeting was attended by, among others, additional deputy commissioners I and II, assistant commissioner general and assistant commissioner of the Karachi commissioner’s office and supply bureau officials. Representatives from different consumer associations also attended the meeting and assured their full support to the city government in its endeavors to provide assistance to consumers. During the meeting it was decided that the deputy commissioner would submit a report on the daily actions against profiteers and hoarders to the commissioners.
The meeting also reviewed the performance of the market committee and discussed various steps to improve its function. The role of intermediaries and retailers was also discussed at the meeting and it was decided that intermediaries and retailers have an important role in determining prices for basic necessities, so action should also be taken against them. The different consumer associations at the meeting explained to the commissioner the possible reasons for the price increase and assured the city government that they would support the administration at the meeting.