SHC seeks pricing mechanism of fresh milk

September 15, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Karachi Commissioner to apprise it about mechanism devised by him and other relevant authorities for preventing selling of adulterated milk and controlling its price.

Two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar gave this direction while hearing two identical petitions against selling of fresh milk at hiked prices.

One of the petitioners, Rana Faizul Hasan, secretary general of a non-government organization, submitted that Karachi Commissioner had fixed the fresh milk price at Rs 70 per litre but retailers were charging over Rs 80 from the consumers for one litre of milk. He said that milk retailers were milking above Rs 60 million from the consumers by selling milk at exorbitant price. Besides, he said adulterated milk was being sold which is injurious to human health. He said that the relevant authorities had failed to maintain the milk price and prevent selling of adulterated milk.

After conducting hearing on the petitions, the bench directed Karachi Commissioner to spell out mechanism devised by him and other government functionaries according to the law for preventing selling of impure milk and controlling its price.

The court further instructed that the report shall also point out loophole in the system and fix responsibility for above-mentioned malpractices in the system. The report will be submitted within 15 days along with photocopies of relevant material.

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