The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has failed to implement the approved rate list by the Islamabad Market Committee (IMC) of fruits and vegetables, as the capital's shopkeepers are charging extra prices on every item. During visits to various fruit and vegetable shops in different sectors of Islamabad, the vendors were found violating the rate lists provided by the IMC on daily basis.
The residents urged the administration to implement the rate list in true letter and spirit and penalize the violators to curb the menace of self-imposed inflation by the fruits and vegetables vendors.
The administration has fixed the price of apples, but these shopkeepers were charging up to 200% of the set price. Bananas sometimes went for 150% extra.
Government official Shahmeer Hussain, who was purchasing vegetables from a shop in Markaz, said that shopkeepers would not even listen to if their attention is drawn towards difference in prices written on the IMC approved rate list. He said that low income persons now cannot even think of purchasing fruit and veg, as the costs were so high.