The shops of profiteers would remain sealed till the payment of fine money – Sindh govt. decides to ament the laws during online meeting with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif
Sindh government would amend the existing Price Control Laws to punish the profiteers and for that it has been proposed to award six month sentence and a fine of rupees half a million to those traders selling the commodities at higher rates.
The decision to amend the Price Control Act was taken during an online briefing of Sindh Chief Secretary Muhammad Sohail Rajput to the Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday.
It was also decided to impound all the commodities of such profiteers and auction the same on the spot at the government-fixed price. The shops of the profiteers would also remain sealed till the fine amount is paid.
It was also agreed in the meeting that the number of Price Control Inspectors would be increased in the province while secretaries of the provincial government would also visit different areas along with Deputy Commissioners to monitor the prices.
Moreover, the Section Officers of Grade 17 would be given powers of Price Control Magistrates and Price Control Rooms would be set up at Taluka level and the Price Control Magistrates would be given powers under Section 188 to take strict action against the profiteers.
In order to ensure provision of commodities at discounted rates during the Holy month of Ramazan, some three hundred Bazaars would be established in Karachi while the government would establish such Discount Bazaars at Taluka level across the province. (PR)