ISLAMABAD- Islamabad Capital Territory administration has further intensified the ongoing drive against the profiteering in order to curb the profiteering tendency in Ramadan. The administration has so far imposed heavy fines on profiteers. Fine amounting Rs2,57,000 is charged from 500 profiteers during the checking in the holly month of Ramadan while over 40 profiteers were also arrested for selling food commodities at the higher rates and over charging. The city administration had activated 14 checking teams headed by the magistrates one month prior to the month of Ramazan for exercising strict vigilance on the prices of items of daily use. The administration fixed the prices of certain kitchen items including fruits and vegetables and ensured the display of rate list by the shopkeepers. During checking of prices magistrates imposed heavy fines on the profiteers. Moreover, the administration also set up 2 sasta bazaars and 35 fair price shops in the city and rural areas for providing the food items at the cheaper rates. The administration with the co operation of whole sale dealers and flour mills, ghee mills, daal mills and sugar mills associations made the food items available at the cheaper rates and 15 to 20 percent relief was provided to the consumers at these outlets set up by the administration. Meanwhile the Chief Commissioner ICT Hamid Ali Khan and Deputy Commissioner ICT Amer Ali Ahmed also kept visiting markets, sasta bazaars and fair price shops and personally supervised all the arrangements and ensured strict vigilance. They ensured the availability of 20 kg flour bags at the fair price shops and sasta bazaars at the rate of Rs290 in the city and rural areas.  Strict vigilance was being ensured to make the commodity available in sufficient quantity in the markets. With the advent of second Ashra, the prices of certain food items have started showing downward trend including the prices of fruits and vegetables. Usually the demand of food items increased in the 1st week of Ramadan, which is resulted in the decrease of supply and shortage causes price hike, However, the situation is stabilized in the second week of Ramadan.