By: Shukria Khohestani
Citizens of the country are celebrating Eid this year while the Ministry of Public Health warns of the outbreak of the third wave of the corona. In an interview with the Kabul Times, these citizens say that they are celebrating Eid better this year than last.
Mujib, a resident of Kabul, says that last year we could not celebrate Eid due to the Corona virus. “We did not go to relatives house because of corona threat. So this year we want to celebrate Eid with our friends’’ he sadi, adding the price of goods has doubled compared to last year,” he said.
“I want to buy dried fruit for Eid,” he said. Unfortunately, the price has risen from 100 afghanis to 300 afghanis per kilo and it cannot fill their Eid table with dried fruits.
Yasmin, another Kabul resident, said the price of essentials has risen in all foodstuffs, such as flour, oil, rice, bean and other raw materials.
According to this citizen, the owners of foodstuffs have voluntarily raised the price of foodstuffs and the government still does not control the market properly if the government controls the market to such an extent during Ramadan and the eve of Eid al-Fitr, food prices do not rise.
It should be said that the price of fifty kilo gram flour sack is Afs 1,850. A sack of high quality rice is Afs 2,500, a 5 liters of oil is sold for Afs 780 and other dry food items are sold at higher prices than last year.
Aman, another resident of Kabul, said: “The government is to blame for the people because always during the holy month and Eid days people buy more goods and need to prepare their raw materials on these special days.” Therefore, food owners and shopkeepers use their compulsion to double the price.
He said the government should prevent such over chargers.
But shopkeepers say: “It is not our fault, it is the traders who are selling us goods at high prices and we are forced to raise the price to our customers.”
The shopkeepers are asking the Ministry of Commerce to reach an agreement with traders so that both shopkeepers and customers can be exempt from overselling.
It is worth mentioning that this year, compared to last year, the city of Kabul is witnessing the busiest days since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan until now while we are on the eve of Eid.
It should be said: in these days there is a huger rush by the people in clothing stores, sewing shops and confectionary shops. In the cake shops from one to two days before the arrival of Eid, people line up to buy the cakes and cookies needed for Eid.
Wahid, one of the buyers of cakes and cookies, says: “Muslims celebrate Eid days in a luxurious way. On this day, we have to make the Eid table more colorful because of the hospitality of our guests. The prices are different in each shop. There have been many changes in the prices of all goods. According to the citizens of the country, during the holy month of Ramadan and the days of Eid, in other Islamic countries, the price of food and goods is low, not that in Afghanistan the prices of goods and foodstuffs always double on these special days. There is a great deal of oppression against the low-income strata of the people, who cannot earn a living properly. It is hoped that the government, especially the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will stop the high prices.