LAHORE : Department of Industries and Commerce has released the performance report of price control magistrates regarding prevention of price-hike. According to the report from January 2019 to October 5, 2021, the price control magistrates conducted 3382266 raids, 448770 violations of profiteering and hoarding were reported. Fine of Rs.342.218 million were imposed on the violators. According to report, 11914 cases were registered and 18390 people were arrested. During the anti-hoarding campaign from June to October 5 2021, 333 persons were found involved in hoarding. The hoarders were fine Rs.777500, five cases were registered and 49 warehouses/stores were sealed. During anti-hoarding operation, lakhs of bags sugar and rice, 82400 KG ghee, 30681 bags of wheat, 12604 bags of flour, 123543 litters of cooking oil and 4396 kg of pulses were recovered from the hoarders.
Provincial Minister for Industries & Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal while ordering to intensify the ongoing campaign against profiteers and hoarders said that those who aggravate the problems of the common man for few rupees do not deserve any relaxation. From the auction process, in agri markets to the sale of essential commodities in the general markets should be closely monitored, he added. Mian Aslam Iqbal said that the prevention of inflation and hoarding is not only a responsibility but also a public service. Relevant officers should leave their offices, go to the field and provide relief to the people. The Provincial Minister directed that sale of sugar, flour and other essential commodities at fixed rates should be ensured at all cost. Supply chain of essential items should also be monitored continuously and there should be no shortage of anything in the markets.