MULTAN: There’s a scarcity of on a regular basis requirements throughout the lockdown in Multan. Hoarders are making a revenue by benefiting from the coronavirus concern as the costs of flour, fruits, greens, surgical masks and sanitisers have surged.
All buying plazas and markets within the metropolis are closed, whereas medical and normal shops and fruit and vegetable retailers are open as per the federal government’s orders.
Flour is being bought for Rs1,200 per 20-kilogramme bag as a substitute of the federal government charge of Rs805.
Store homeowners have reportedly taken benefit of the flour disaster and raised costs. The costs of pulses, rice and sugar have additionally elevated.
The federal government has arrange flour stalls on varied roads to finish the bogus disaster, the place the commodity is being offered to residents after registration of their computerised nationwide id card (CNIC) quantity, however the shoppers complained that the standard of the flour isn’t good.
The residents are anxious in regards to the availability of face masks and sanitisers as effectively. The worth of masks within the metropolis has elevated as much as five-fold, whereas sanitisers are additionally being bought by illicit firms and retailers at their very own costs.
The efforts of the authorities to curb profiteering seem like ineffective amid the distinction between demand and provide.
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, March 30th, 2020.