The citizens expressed strong reaction to the government’s claims regarding subsidy on items being sold at Ramazan bazaars, declaring it mere eyewash.

“There is no difference among the prices of majority of items being sold at these bazaars and the open market. These bazaars have failed to offer any relief to the public,” said a citizen Irshad Ahmad, while talking to this scribe at a Ramazan bazaar.

The district administration have set up 16 Ramazan bazaars in different areas of Multan district including Mumtazabad, Shah Rukn-e-Alam, Shershah, Bosan, Shujabad and Jalalpur pirwala Towns and it is claimed that heavy subsidy is given for offering all daily use items including edibles at cheaper rates to the citizens. However, the ground reality appears somewhat different. According to citizens, most of the food items are available in Ramazan Sasta bazaars but with meagre price differences.

The survey revealed that majority of the bazaars set up by the government failed to attract the citizens because of price factor and presented deserted look.

A spokesman of district government, however, claimed that the administration adopted a number of measures to control the prices of the commodities at Ramazan Sasta bazaars to extend maximum relief to the masses in this holy month. “Meat, poultry and flour are available on subsidised rates in different Sasta Bazaars,” he added. He said special teams were constituted to check the quality and rates of food and they were conducting raids on a daily basis.