The rising prices of petrol and diesel have troubled almost all sections of the society in the country. In spite of the recent reduction in the prices, they’re still in the vicinity of Rs 100 a litre in many parts of the country. As such, prices of petrol in India can’t possibly be compared to any other essential commodity. For example, a kilogram of sugar here costs Rs 50 here in India. However, it looks like not everyone is as lucky.
In spite of the government of Pakistan trying hard to curb the prices of the essentials, prices of the sugar continue to sky rocket. The condition is so bad that the price of sugar in our neighbouring country has risen above the price of petrol. Currently, sugar is being sold at Rs 150 per kg in most cities of Pakistan but petrol price is rated at roughly Rs 138 per litre. This disparity has occurred with the recent increase in the price of the sugar.
For example, price of sugar in Peshawar has increased by roughly Rs 8 per kilogram. The country’s Sugar Dealers Association’s president has revealed that the wholesale rate of sugar is pegged at Rs 140 per kg whereas the retail price has become up to Rs 150 per kg. On the other hand, the price of a kilogram of sugar in the wholesale market of Lahore is Rs 126 per kg but it is being said that many sugar dealers have pumped up the prices of the commodity by creating an artificial shortage.
The price of sugar in the Akbari Mandi has increased to Rs 135 per kilogram while the retail price is kept at more than Rs 140 per kilogram. Even in the city of Karachi, the ex-factory price of the essential commodity has risen to highest ever at Rs 142 per kilogram, which is Rs 12 more than before. In fact, in the last 15 days, the ex-factory price of sugar has increased by Rs 44 per kilogram.
With this increase in the ex-factory price of the commodity, its wholesale price of sugar has increased to Rs 143 per kilo, which is after an increase of Rs 19 in last three days. A similar condition is being observed even in Quetta, where a kilo of sugar costs almost Rs 130 a kilo.