LAHORE – Industries Secretary Dr Shujaat Ali said on Saturday that Ramzan Bazaars and markets were being monitored for the provision of edible items to the people at fixed rates during Ramazan-ul-Mubark.

“Price control magistrates conducted 1,264 raids in different areas and arrested 20 shopkeepers for selling essential items at higher rates and got registered cases against them in concerned police stations, besides receiving fine of about Rs9.4 million on the spot from 976 shopkeepers,” he informed while presiding over a meeting that was also attended by officers of Food, Industries, Agriculture and other departments.

The meeting was informed that profiteers in Faisalabad were imposed maximum fine of Rs150,000 while a minimum fine of Rs4,000 was imposed on shopkeepers in Hafizabad.

The representative of the Food Department informed the participants that 173,625 flour bags were sent to 337 Ramazan Bazaars for sale throughout the province, of which 133,229 flour bags were sold.

The representative of the Industries Department informed the meeting that 190,690 people including 165,120 men and 25,570 women broke the fast at 1,609 Ramazan Dastar Khawans.

The meeting was also informed that 23,503 kg flour was sold at the rate of Rs81 per kg. Also, 27,315 kg pulse was sold in Ramazan Bazaars.

The Industries secretary directed the officers of divisional and district administration to keep a vigilant eye on the prices of commodities and take strict action against the shopkeepers selling edible items at higher prices.