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Ghor residents worried about skyrocketing fuel, food prices

Ghor residents worried about skyrocketing fuel, food prices

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Jan 30, 2019 - 15:29

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Prices of fuel and food items have increased with the arrival of winter in western Ghorinfo-icon province, complain residents, with residents blaming the local administration for their reluctance to take steps to check price hike.

Residents claimed prices of flour, sugar firewood, gas and fuel had shot up in the capital and different districts of the province with the advent of the harsh Afghan winter when most link roads are closed by snow.

The authorities concerned had not assessed the prices of fuel, helping dealers and shopkeepers to fix exorbitant rates, they alleged.

Syed Mohammad, an inhabitant of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News the local administration had been reluctant to take steps to check price hike. As a result, prices of essential items habe jumped.

 “Fuel price was lower last year,” recalled the resident, who said one kilogram of gas accounted for 50 to 60 afghanis a few days back. But now the rate has been jacked up to 80 afghanis.

Daulat, another resident of the province, expressed deep concern at the high prices of fuel. There was also a lack of food items in the ongoing winter season, he complained, saying the price of one kilogram of gas recently rose to 130 afghanis in some districts of the province.

However, gas dealer Sirajuddin told Pajhwok Ghor was one of the coldest provinces, where increased fuel prices were common. He hit out at municipal officials for their failure to control the market.

A number of other residents hold similar views and want the government to pay enough attention to the issue. The commoners were finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet, he grumbled.

Shah Mahmood Shahab, the municipality spokesman, confirmed the hike in prices of fuel and other essential items. He said they could not interfere in the free market but still they monitored bazaars many times every month.

Economics experts in the province believe if the government does not pay attention to the rising prices of fuel in the winter season, concern among the people will refuse to go away.

Jamal Yaqoobi, an economist, said: “Unfortunately, the country has been faced with many challenges for the past decade in different areas. But as expected, it has not been able to deal with the challenges.

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