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Ministry bans gas importer; seals 10 shops for violations

07 December, 2012

KABUL: A gas company and 10 gas dealers’ outlets were shut down by authorities after they were found guilty of selling gas at a high price.

"A kilogramme of gas should not be sold more than 64 afghanis," said director of Fuel Management Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Eng. Ahmad Farid Sherzai.

The ministry’s team sealed Nasiri’s gas importer company and 10 gas shops in Kabul for over pricing the item, he said.

"We sealed the shops and the company for 10 days, and advised them not to sell gas at high prices. If they violate for the second time, the shop owners would be referred to the prosecution department," he cautioned.

Meanwhile, a gas dealer in Klola Pushta locality, Mohammad Ihsan told Pajhwok Afghan News that price of liquefied gas increased to 75 afghanis, compared to last week’s 65 afs.

The government has been selling a kilogramme of gas at 55 afs in 10 mobile outlets and 40 gas shops, he said.

Prices of other fuel and firewood remained stable during the outgoing weak, with 565 kg of oak wood cost 7,600 afs and the same amount of cedar sold at 7,000 afs, said a firewood stall owner Mohammad Ali.

A litre of petrol was sold at 58 afs, while a litre of diesel priced at 63 afs, similar to last week’s price, said a filling station worker in Ara town, Ahmad Javed.

A five-kg tin of Momin ghee was sold at 420afs, a kilogramme of African black tea at 200afs and similar quantity of Indonesian green tea at 175afs.

But wholesale rates of food items varied in some parts of the capital.

Esmatullah, a shopkeeper in the Duhn-i-Bagh locality, sold a 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour for 1,250 afs, the same amount of rice for 4,200 afs and a 50-kg bag of sugar for 2,500afs.

A five-kg tin of ghee was priced at 480 afs, a kilogramme of African back tea at 240 afs and the same amount of Indonesian green tea at 200 afs, he said.


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