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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Sikh trader in KP sells goods without profits in honor of Ramadan

In a tremendous act of kindness, a Sikh shop-owner in KP sells goods to people at cheap rates to help Muslims financially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Naranjan Singh, a trader belonging to the Sikh community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP), sells groceries in Ramadan without profit to facilitate the Muslim community.

Singh said that he gives up profit every year in the holy month of Ramadan as part of his annual tradition to gather as many blessings as possible. When asked about this tradition, he said people can earn profits in the remaining 11 months but this month is about helping other people.

The citizens of Peshawar expressed surprise over the goods being sold at such cheap rates at Naranjan’s shop in Jamrud Bazaar. They appreciated his humanitarian gesture which came at a time when retailers and business owners are already disturbed with the falling and slow growth of the business due to the pandemic.

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Singh owns a decades-old shop in Jamrud Bazaar. He has to pay extra expenses out of his pocket for rent of the shop and wage of laborers due to the forging profits in Ramadan.



Naranjan Singh has set a unique example for other traders to follow when the tradition of hoarding and price gouging is rampant in Ramadan.

Price hike continues to affect the spending power of the buyers despite efforts by the government to control it in Ramadan. Not only in Ramadan, but traders resort to price hike weeks before Ramadan as people began preparing for the blessed month.

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According to reports, an artificial price hike is created by the extortionists, profiteers to earn more profits in Ramadan. Traders in several cities are noted brazenly defying the price rates set by the government. In the case of strict measures by the government, traders hoard the daily use items to create artificial demand and supply imbalance.

Teams for price control have been making regular inspections in the markets throughout the country to regulate the price control in Ramadan but to no avail.