Residents of twin cities demands decrease in fruit, vegetable prices

ISLAMABAD: The residents of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have demanded decrease in the prices of fruit and vegetable on pretext of reduction in fuel prices.
Talking to media, the shopkeepers of various markets said that after reduction in the fuel prices, the authorities should take notice of overcharging by the vendors and shopkeepers of fruit and vegetables.
They claimed that the shopkeepers have increased the prices of fruit and vegetables as compared to the rates in the previous month in twin cities.
The prices of most of vegetables including potato, onion, ginger, ladyfinger, cauliflower, black pepper, lemon and cabbage registered an increase. Similarly, the prices of apple,
grapes, banana, mango, melon and other fruit also rose.
Muhammad Riaz Kiani, a resident of G-9 appreciating the government decision to decrease fuel prices said that the vendors are still selling fruit and vegetable on high prices despite decrease in the fuel prices.
He said that the concerned authorities need to take action against the people overcharging the people with both hands.
However, shopkeepers were of the view that they had nothing to do with price hike and contended the prices had increased in the wholesale market.
An official of local administration said that the hoarders would be dealt with an iron hand and the people found in creating artificial shortage, would have to face strict action.
He said that the administration had made sufficient arrangements to provide relief to the consumers after reduction in fuel prices.