Rising prices for basic necessities are making people with limited incomes scream, currently trying to survive the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Townspeople complain about the way everyday items are sold at a price higher than the price set by the local government.
Depending on the details, items like flour, wheat, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, ginger, green peppers, onions, cilantro, etc. sell at prices higher than the official price. Price increases have made the life of an ordinary person difficult. Retailers are raising the prices of basic necessities.
The price of vegetables has skyrocketed, per kg. The current rate of vegetables has upset the townspeople as they continue to roam here and there for cheap vegetables to cook, but face desperation. Even the fruit rates keep low income people desperate to come back.
Fruit and vegetable vendors say they cannot sell at official prices, which are lower than wholesale prices. “We cannot put ourselves at a loss. Sabzi Mandi Wholesale Market brokers and wholesalers sell fruits and vegetables at higher rates than the official rates. “When we buy for a high price, how can we sell for a low price,” they say.
Hasan Raza, a vegetable seller based in Shah Khalid settlement says wholesalers have raised the prices of vegetables. “We go to Sabzi Mandi in the morning and buy vegetables there. In vegetable markets, traders decide the price of vegetables. People think that we are deliberately selling vegetables at high prices. This is not true. “
Nasir Naqvi says: “I lost my job in the restaurant business and now sell seasonal fruits in a bicycle van, but the price of basic necessities keeps rising. I don’t know how to meet my expenses. I can’t tell you how I spend my days. It would be difficult for my family to survive if the prices continued to rise, ”he adds.
A recent visit to one of the city’s markets revealed that the price of rice, flour, wheat and lentils has also increased. Retailers blame wholesalers for the price hikes. Traders are running out of stocks due to sky high prices in the wholesale market. “I did not go to the wholesale market today,” explains Naseer Turabi, a retailer, adding that it is impossible to sell daily essentials at low prices.
Another retailer, Mohsen Zaidi, says: “It is impossible to sell daily necessities at official rates after buying them at much higher prices. He lamented that doing business in the present day has become almost impossible.
Citizens say the city administration shows no interest in curbing the artificial rise in the prices of edibles, especially fruits and vegetables. He has no control over the profiteers.