Commissioner warns of action against illegal auctions

August 5, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that strict action would be taken against the traders involved in illegal auctions in Sabzi Mandi, which would help people in getting vegetables and fruits at reasonable prices.

He said this while addressing a meeting held at his office. He further said that the system of auctions would be made crystal clear, which would help solve retailers’ complaints against wholesalers and producers.

The meeting was told that some traders had auctioned with their familiar people at desired rates. Potatoes were not auctioned and desired rates were charged for potatoes and onions.

It was decided in the meeting that assistant commissioners along task force should register cases against the traders, who auctioned illegally, and cancel their licenses. The administration should itself supervise the auctions.

Siddiqui directed bureau of supply and market committee to take immediate steps to stop artificial increase in the prices of potatoes and onions.

He also took notice of the open sale of acidic ginger and directed the relevant officers to take strict action against the sale of acidic ginger and get them arrested. He said that the ginger washed with acid would not be allowed for auction. The licenses of the traders who sold the ginger washed with acid would be cancelled. If this kind of ginger would be found in Bachat Bazaar, action would be taken against the administration of the bazaar.

Additional Commissioner Karachi II Haji Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner East Samiuddin Siddiqui, Additional Deputy Commissioner Korangi Waseemuddin, Additional Deputy Commissioner Central Ghulam Farooq Laghari, member of the task committee Shakeel Baig, administrator market committee, traders of fruits and vegetables, officers of bureau of supply and representatives of different consumers association were also present on the occasion.

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