ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, while chairing a high-level session regarding the ongoing efforts to control prices of essential commodities, has tasked the Tiger Force volunteers to discourage the menace of hoarding in the markets.
The participants of the session decided to launch a pilot project to control inflation from the federal capital.
During the first phase of the project, 9,000 shops in Islamabad will be monitored, whereas Tiger Force volunteers, Islamabad commissioner and deputy commissioner will jointly spot markets and shops involved in hoarding.
In the next phases, local authorities will start monitoring of rate lists and overcharging at all shops of the city while volunteers will spot hoarders and check stocks of essential commodities.
After receiving complaints from the volunteers, the district administration will take immediate action against the responsible persons involved in overcharging and hoarding. Joint actions will be listed down in a report which will be presented directly to the prime minister.
It was decided that heavy fines will be imposed for overcharging and failure to put up rate lists.
Earlier on Monday, PM Imran Khan stressed upon taking all administrative measures to ensure availability of daily commodities at affordable prices. The PM had said this while chairing a meeting to review the availability and prices of daily commodities, especially wheat and sugar.
He had directed the officials concerned to ensure sufficient supply of wheat and sugar at utility stores across the country, besides ordering provincial administrations to ensure legal action against mill owners who are indulged in hoarding.