Altaf Hamid Rao,

MIRPUR (AJK): AJK authorities asserted that they have established special Ramadan Bazars in various major cities and towns under the spirit to ensure the required supply of edibles to the general consumers at subsidized rates during the Holy month of Ramadan.

On the special directives of the state government to all district administration of the state, Mirpur district administration have launched special Ramzan Bazars in vario   us parts of Mirpur district including one  at outer side premises of Mirpur  Cricket stadium.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Raja Qaiser Aurangzeb told this Correspondent here Tuesday that  Mirpur city the Ramzan Bazar had been set up outer side of the local Sports Stadium where all quality edibles would be available at inexpensive rates as compared to the general market.

            Venders at Ramzan bazars will be bound to display the rate lists of the commodities, determined by the authorities,  at a visible place at their sale points from 8.30 in the morning, he said.

            When questioned that what preventive steps were being taken by the administration to take punitive action against the profiteers and hoarders, the  ADC (G) stated that an extensive drive has  already been kicked off across the district to overcome the price-hike on the part of the shopkeepers involved in overcharging besides creating artificial scarcity and hoarding. Mobile teams headed by magistrates have yet been constituted to conduct surprise checking of the prices and the shopkeepers – both wholesalers and retailers,  involved in charging exorbitant rates would be booked.

            Besides, general shopkeepers, the wholesalers and owners of the main shopping malls have also been warned to maintain the prices of the items of daily use – fixed by the administration –  during and even after the Holy month of Ramadan. “The violators would be taken to task under the law”, he warned.

Meanwhile a senior AJK government official told this news agency that all the district administrations in AJK have been directed to  take stringent measures to discourage profiteering, hoarding and artificial scarcity of edible items during and after the Holy month of Ramzan. He asserted that those involved in such unlawful exercise will be booked. “The sanctity of this Holy month will be maintained in all circumstances”, the official declared.

“The government is determined to ensure the availability of edibles including mutton, beef, chicken, sugar,  vegetables, fruit, flour, rice, pulses and other items at inexpensive rates at Ramzan bazaars as fixed by the concerned district administrations”, the official pointed out



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