Since the start of the holy month, prices of all food items and other essential items have gone up. Profiteers are making huge amount of money and the government is only playing the role of a silent spectator. At some places, items are available at exorbitant prices.
Good quality mutton which was Rs750 per kg is now being sold at Rs825 per kg. The price of tomatoes has gone up from Rs20 to Rs50 per kg. In the same way, the prices of onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger, etc., have recorded an average increase of 30 to 50 percent. As far as fruits are concerned, these edible items are beyond the reach of an ordinary Pakistani. Mangoes which – last year – were sold between Rs150 and Rs170 per kg are now being sold at Rs200 or above. Before Ramazan, a dozen of bananas would cost Rs60 to Rs140, but now the same is being sold at Rs150 to Rs250. The prices of other food items and essential commodities have increased by 30 to 70 percent. It is the responsibility of the government to keep a check on the price list and provide relief to the common man.
Tarique Mahmood Malak