In Lahore, the prices of vegetables saw a sharp increase due to overcharging and open violations of the officially notified price list. This was made possible because of the absence of any checks and balances in the market.
Every year, the price of vegetables increase during the monsoon period. However, vegetable prices have never gone up to this extent. This year’s vegetable prices increased by almost 20 to 25 percent.
Across Lahore, overcharging recorded as the sellers refused to sell any perishable item at the official rate and asked the buyers to go to the shop where it is being sold at official rate. They are daring enough to ask the buyers to make complaint at any forum as no one can touch them. Even the complaint mechanism of the government did not take action on the consumers’ complaints so the sellers have no fear of complaints.
It is almost a month since the government ended the lockdown and the markets resumed the businesses across the province. However, the district administration is not re-opening the weekly makeshift markets established on Sunday in few localities of the city as the majority of the bazaars were already gradually closed by the administration.