Karachi : Taking strict action on the sale of flour at excessive prices, officials of the Ciy Government imposed fines of Rs165,500 on 56 retail outlets across the city.
The special magistrates have been assigned the powers to take punitive action against those not following the notified prices for sale of flour. These have been fixed at Rs13.50 and Rs15 per kg respectively.
According to details issued by the office of the EDO Revenue on Friday, the magistrates during the campaign against profiteering of wheat flour booked 12 traders in Clifton/Saddar (Rs28,500), 4 outlets in Lyari (Rs4,000), 8 traders in Jamshed Town (Rs27,000), one store in Korangi (Rs2,000), 4 traders in Keamari (Rs12,000), 5 outlets in Site Town (Rs5,000), 11 traders in New Karachi Town (Rs46,000), 3 shops in Bin Qasim Town (Rs6,000), 4 outlets each in Malir (Rs20,000) and Landhi Town (Rs15,000).
So far the magistrates have imposed fine amounting to Rs10,38,750 on 235 traders in different towns while 17 profiteers have been sent to jail on account of selling flour at exorbitant prices. Besides flour the DDOs and Mukhtiarkars of the Revenue Department have also continued raids on profiteering of other utility items.
Overall 136 challans were made and fines amounting to Rs278,700 have been imposed on 56 flour merchants, 16 milk sellers (Rs47,500), 10 meat sellers (Rs14,500), 13 vegetable vendors (Rs8,000), 30 fruit sellers (Rs17,900), 3 grocery stores (Rs3,000) and 8 others (Rs22,300) on account of overcharging.
The DDOs and Mukhtiarkars carrying out surprise raids to check the price hike in utility items imposed fine of Rs46,000 on 35 outlets in Clifton/Saddar Town while 4 challans were made in Lyari Town with a fine of Rs4,000.
The magistrates also booked 26 traders in Jamshed Town with Rs33,400, 3 traders in Korangi with Rs7,000, 15 shopkeepers in Keamari with Rs16,000, 17 traders in Site Town with Rs9,000, 24 shopkeepers in New Karachi Town with Rs56,500, 10 traders in Bin Qasim Town with Rs10,000, 8 outlets in Gadap Town with Rs5,000, 15 traders in Malir Town with Rs43,500, 4 traders in Shah Faisal Town with Rs15,000 and 27 outlets in Landhi Town with Rs23,300.
In all 66 persons have been sent to jail from different towns since the drive started from August 24, 2007 against profiteering in utility items while the magistrates have imposed fines amounting to Rs93,59,350 in 4,279 cases.
Source : The News – International, Pakistan