Roti price jumps with increase in atta rate
‘Naanbais’ and ‘atta’ sellers are looting people with both hands, thanks to the apathy of the concerned officials of the City District Government, Rawalpindi, who are not playing their part and reluctant to take action against hoarders and profiteers.
Flourmill owners, wholesalers and retail shopkeepers are all hand in glove in increasing the price of ‘atta’. A twenty kilogram bag of ‘atta’ is being sold at different rates in the market hollister uk .
‘Naanbais’ are taking full advantage of the situation as they have increased the prices of ‘naan’ and ‘roti’ on their own. ‘Naanbais’ are selling ‘naan’ and ‘roti’ at different rates in different localities at Rs8, Rs9 and Rs10. Some ‘naanbais’ did not increase prices, but decreased the weight of ‘naan’ and ‘roti’ to 70 grams instead of the official weight of 100 grams.
The price of ‘atta’ is going up with each passing day as the Punjab government is yet to fix its ex mill rate and unable to provide wheat quota to the mills.
The price of wheat has gone up once again in the open market by Rs125 per 40 kilograms from Rs1,325 to Rs1,450 and a twenty kilogram bag of ‘atta’ is being sold for Rs860 to 880 in the open market and some retail shopkeepers are selling a 20 kilogram bag for Rs900. The majority of wholesalers and retail shopkeepers have hoarded ‘atta’ bags to sell them at higher prices. They are also sending ‘atta’ bags to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to earn more profit.
Rawalpindi ‘Naanbais’ Welfare Association (RNWA) General Secretary Shafiq Qureshi admitted all facts and figures, saying that the Punjab government is continuously increasing prices of ‘atta’ bags. “How could we sell a ‘roti’ for Rs6 and a ‘naan’ for Rs7 in this situation when we are paying Rs25 hollister uk 0 to Rs400 extra on a 100 kilogram sack,” he claimed. “If the City District Government, Rawalpindi, used force against us, we would close down all ‘tandoors’,” he warned.
According to the All Pakistan Flourmills Association (APFA), if the government did not give wheat quota to mills, the price of a 20 kilogram ‘atta’ bag would increase more hollister uk and more, and it would lead to a crisis in the coming days.
Pakistan Flourmills Association (Punjab) Vice Chairman Khawaja Rehan Anjum said that they have not purchased wheat because the Punjab government has not yet provided them with their quota.
“The wheat price is increasing daily in the open market. It has gone up from Rs1,325 to Rs1,450, therefore, ‘atta’ is sold at high prices. “If the government did not give us wheat quota, the price of a 20 kilogram bag will further increase,” he warned. “We are expecting that the Punjab government will set the wheat price at less than Rs1,250,” he hoped.
When ‘The News’ contacted D hollister uk istrict Food Controller (DFC) Shabbir Khan Niazi, he said that they are strictly monitoring flourmills, wholesalers and retail shopkeepers who are robbing people by selling ‘atta’ at higher prices. “I have constituted special checking teams to stop hoarding and price hike,” he said.
Only consumers are facing financial burden of increase in ‘atta’ price.
The mill owners are selling wheat at higher prices in the open market and pouring down all burden on consumers and selling ‘atta’ bags at higher prices. Similarly, retail shopkeepers are selling ‘atta’ bags after adding their profit.
Shazia Munawar, a housewife, said that the government is trying to snatch ‘atta’ and ‘roti’ from people. She said that the rates of ghee, cooking oil, sugar, tea and pulses are constantly increasing as there is no check on prices.
Muhammad Bashir, another consumer, said that the masses were at the mercy of hoarders and profiteers. He blasted the hike in ‘atta’ price and demanded of the government to take remedial measures in this regard. ‘Naanbais’ have increased the prices of ‘roti’ and ‘naan’ without any permission from the local government, which shows that there was no check on them, he denounced.