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Absence of an effective price checking mechanism

In the absence of an effective price checking mechanism, naan and yogurt prices in Wah have gone up in violation of the officially fixed rates.

Naanbais have increased prices of naan from Rs10 to Rs12 while dairy farmers are charging Rs130 instead of Rs120 for a kg of yogurt in most localities of Wah.

Before Eidul Azha, naan was available at Rs10 and yogurt at Rs120 per kg. The localities included Anwar Chowk, Benazir Colony, Shadman Town, Gulshan Colony, Lalarukh, Gadwal, Lalazar and Nawababad.

Many owners of tandoors have also displayed a new price list issued by their association following what they said an increase in the flour prices.

Representatives of naanbais said it was not possible for them to sell their products at the pre-Eid prices.

Muttahida Naanbai Association President Zar Wali Khan said the exorbitant increase in the production cost had forced them to raise the rates. He said the price of wheat had gone up from Rs1,400 to Rs1,800 per 40 kg while that of a bag of fine flour had gone up from Rs805 to Rs1,050 in the market.

“Gas and electricity tariffs and prices of polythene bags, fine flour and sesame seeds have also gone up manifold. The prices of gas or LPG used in tandoors have also increased,” said another office-bearer, Shah Nawaz. - Posted on : 10-August-2020

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