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   January 13, 2015



Price and fare control: failure of the Chitral district administration

Sir, through your famous online newspaper I would like to draw the attention of District government towards a severe administration issue in Chitral. I ask one question from District Administration Chitral, There is one Deputy Commissioner, one Additional Deputy Commissioner, one Assistant Commissioner and Two Additional Assistant Commissioners who are calling the shoot from the capital of the district. A few days back one price list about fare of vehicle in town Chitral and surrounding valleys has been reported in this site in which revised rate has been fixed for the given route and destination. Public were happy that at last government took action against the price distorters and people will avail a little bit relief. But all the hopes of the people dashed to ground that the said taxi fare has not been implemented not in a single rout of Chitral. While on the other side the prices of daily commodities are so high and are increasing the day by day. The district govt authorities have totally failed to take action against them. The shopkeepers are looting the community with the both hands.

The district administration takes symbolic type of actions against a few of the drivers and shop-keepers order to hide their in efficiency. But the former two groups revert to their routine plundering after sometime. They fines and penalties currently in practice of the district govt. are also petty and symbolic in nature.

If five so-called Commissioner-type government functionaries mentioned above with administrative and magistracy powers do not have the capacity to control taxi fares from Chitral Town to different villages in Chitral, then what is the need of these armies of government authorities and officials at the cost of scarce public exchequer? The Govt.ís writ in district Chitral can be easily multiplied by zero. Irony of the matter is that people are paying tax but their tax income is siphoned off on the lavish expenditure of bureaucracy, their luxurious life style on their vehicle and fuel, etc. but in return that the bureaucracy is not in a position and also not interested in giving relief to public through controlling price in the market which is directly related to the welfare of the general public. I think government officials will not pay heed to it and we do not expect from these officials to have interest in public matters. May I ask the masses what is the next option with the people if the government functionaries do not perform their duties after consuming heavy public tax revenues of the citizens on their perks and privileges, on office and vehicles plus fuels?

I would also like appeal to the honorable judges of the judiciary to take notice of the plights of the man in the street. Also the role of the mass media is important in highlighting the instances of non-compliance throughout the district.

The district govt. should deal with the repeat offenders of price-hiking and self styled fare-increasing with iron hands and the police department should have a system whereby the identities of the complainants of such law-breakers should never be revealed to the offenders as well as to the public.

Imad uddin,



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