KARACHI: As many as 202 shopkeepers were challaned and a fine of Rs. 293,000 were imposed for overcharging in violation to the price list of essential commodities while two profiteers were sent to jail.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi has said that an operations against profiteering is underway in the city by the Karachi Divisional and districts administrations, said a statement on Thursday.
During the ongoing campaign against profiteering, the action was taken in different areas including Saddar, Civil Line, Garden, Site, Baldia, Ferozabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar-e-Hijri,Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Orangi, Bin Qasim, Ibrahim Haidery, New Karachi, Landhi and Model Colony.
Around 61 milk sellers, 59 fruits vendors, 36 vegetable merchants, 17 daily food items grocers and 29 chicken sellers were challaned for violating price list by the Assistant Commissioners in their respective areas.
The Commissioner Karachi has also assigned duties to the administrative officers at the time of auction of fruits and vegetables to check and control the artificial shortage of fruits and vegetables so as to provide relief to the masses.
The Commissioner Karachi said that the crackdown against profiteers will continue, till the time the sale of essential items is not ensured in accordance with the price list.