A social media drive aimed at curbing soaring inflation, especially price of fruits, during Ramazan has kicked off urging public not to buy fruits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
As per details, the campaign was initiated on Watsapp which later gained momentum as people in large number shared the post on Facebook and twitter. Inflation-stricken public believe boycott of fruit as the only way to curtail the price.
“If we boycott the fruit-buying for three days only, the stored fruits will start getting rot in the godowns forcing the sellers to sell it on way cheaper prices. This may sound tough, but only you, as consumers, can force the seller to revise fruit prices,” read a message.
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has also announced to support the boycott.
“Retailers monopoly has been established due to shifting of wholesale market from cities,” asserted Shahjehan Shaikh, President wholesale fruit and vegetable market Karachi.
On the contrary, fruit vendors said that anti-fruit three-day drive would cause no harm to them and would fail in achieving desired outcomes as government should address the underline problem i-e inflation.
Meanwhile, district administration has set 31 Ramazan Bazars at various spots in Lahore to provide relief to locals in month of Ramazan.
Sudden uplift in inflation with advent of Ramazan is a common practice in Pakistan due to lack of check and balance from federal and provincial governments.