Lahore: A campaign against shopkeeper involved in profiteering, hoarding and short weighing has been accelerated. 1525 Price Control Magistrates raided 9961 places and took action against 1627 shopkeepers on profiteering, hoarding and other violations.
As many as 208 cases were registered while 266 traders and shopkeepers were arrested and a fine of 18 lakh, 11 thousand and 900 rupees was imposed. Maximum fine of three lakh and five thousand rupees was imposed on profiteers and hoarders in district Rahim Yar Khan and a fine of 6400 rupees only was received in district Jhang. In district Lahore, raids were conducted on 1353 shops and markets.
On verification of profiteering, hoarding and other violations against 253 traders and shopkeepers, 157 traders were arrested after registering cases against 104 persons while a fine of Rs. 138200 was received. In a Ramazan bazaar monitoring report of Director General Industries, it was told that raids were conducted at 2269 shops and markets for checking weights and measures throughout the province.
298 traders and shopkeepers were involved in violation of weights and measures and legal action was taken against them. 519106 kg sugar was provided to the people on subsidized rate of Rs. 52 per kg the other day in 314 Ramazan bazaars while 74031 ten kg flour bags were supplied to the people at special subsidized rate of 310 rupees. 11869 ten kg flour bags while 114093 twenty kg flour bags were supplied at special subsidized price in the open market. 137370 kg chicken was sold at subsidized rate of 225 rupees in Ramazan bazaars throughout the province.
Iftari was provided to one lakh, 48 thousand and 790 citizens at 1783 Madni dasterkhawans with the collaboration of government and philanthropists throughout the province. Iftari was served to more than 32 thousand persons at 311 Madni dasterkhawans of district Lahore.