KARACHI: Karachiites are facing hike in the retail price of milk to which Sindh High Court on Friday sought comprehensive report pertaining to plan for ensuring enforcement of government fixed rate for milk.
Appearing before a division bench of the SHC additional commissioner admitted that milk is being sold at Rs140 per kg in Karachi. To which a member of the bench Justice Amjad Ali Sahito expressed dismay over the performance of Sindh Food department saying what the people at the helm of affairs were doing in Sindh citing province of Punjab the judge observed, “See the performance of Punjab in this context”.
At the outset of the hearing, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar asked about the government rate of fresh milk in the city. The government rate of per kg milk is Rs94, the additional commissioner replied.
Responding to query of Justice Ali Mazhar said why the administration has failed in enforcing the government rate of milk in the city the additional commissioner submitted that Dairy Farms Association is reluctant to sell milk at their desired rates and not obeying the orders of the administration. “We have fined more than 340 milk sellers over violation and the raids are still underway”, he added.
Reprimanding the additional commissioner during the course of proceedings, Justice Sahito said substandard milk and eggs are being sold in the city, while the department has failed in controlling the situation.
Later, the bench summoned a detailed plan from the commissioner Karachi ensuring enforcement of government fixed rate for milk on the next hearing. The court has also summoned the chairman Milk Welfare Association. Hearing of the matter was adjourned till June 10. – TLTP