LAHORE (PPI) - The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) could not control the prices of essential items even delivering the powers to Special Price Magistrates (46 officers) during the holy month of Ramadan. According to details, DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmad issued the price list and fixed the rates of some 25 daily use commodities for holy month of Ramadan, to ensure the control on the rates of such items and the district administration also appointed some 46 special price magistrates. The price magistrates conducted raids in nine towns of the city. They also fined and registered the cases against black marketing, hoarding and overcharging of the essential items but even such measures of the city government could not achieve the goal and retailers were challenging the government writ by violating the official price list rates. A per market survey the retailers were selling the essential commodities on their private rates. DCO has fixed the price of new potato for open market Rs 24-27 per Kg but retailers were charging Rs 30. Onion rate was Rs 20-24 per Kg but it was being sold at Rs 30, Tomato rate was Rs 24-30 Kg but it was being sold at Rs 35, garlic (China) 32-34 Kg at Rs 60, ginger rate was Rs 64-68 per Kg and it was being sold at Rs 80, red chilli Rs 110 per Kg was being sold at Rs 140, Yogurt was Rs 36 per Kg but it was selling between 40-44, samosa (potato) 80 gm Rs 6 and it was selling at Rs 8, banana rate Rs 36 dozen and it was selling 40-70, grapes was Rs 100 Kg and it was selling Rs 120 in open market. Javed Chohan, special price magistrate talking on prices of essential items said that government has controlled the shortage of flour in provincial metropolis and it was sufficient available at sale points but as per government policy it was not providing to retail shops except fair price shops because if government would open the sale for flour to retailers they would hold the stocks of flour bags and earn more profit after Ramadan. He said that special price magistrates were conducting the raids against such retailers who were violating the government rates and also fined and arrested them under the laws.