Non availability of essential goods at utility stores observed, rights activist


KARACHI: Known public rights activist Saghir Ali Siddiqui here on Monday drew the attention of the authorities towards non availability of most of the essential items at the utility stores functional across the metropolis.

Siddiqui, also Khadim-e-Millat Pakistan Secretary General, registered his concern that claims made by concerned authorities to provide quality products, mainly comprising food items and other essential goods of daily use, to the citizens at subsidized rates have fizzled out.

“It was much before Ramzan that an announcement was made to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential goods, at affordable rates, to the consumers,” he said mentioning that factually since the beginning of Ramzan most of the required items are off the shelves.

It was alleged that most of the stock were sold to a mafia, comprising shopkeepers and retailers by the staffers of many of the state owned utility stores at the expense of masses.

“These are not available since the beginning of day one of the current while those in stock are of poor quality,” he regretted urging the authorities to take stock of the situation and help address the situation.