LAHORE: The Lahore Naanbai Association on Thursday announced to jack up the price of tandoori naan and roti by Rs20 and Rs15 respectively from Monday, July 15.
Currently, tandoori naan is sold at Rs12 and roti at Rs6 across the provincial capital.
Talking to Hum News, Naanbai Association President Aftab Gul cited the increased flour price and exorbitant gas price as the reason for the sweeping increase in the price of tandoori naan and roti. He said that the price of flour has almost doubled and the gas price has tripled and they could not afford to sell naan and roti at the current rate.
Gul said that they have informed the local administration about the upcoming price increase of naan and roti. He said that the local administration has sought three days to sort out the issue. He said that they will increase the price of naan and roti from Monday if the local administration failed to come up with a viable solution to their demand.
Gul said that the flour price went up after the government imposed a new general sales tax in the budget and added that the price of everything has skyrocketed during the current government’s tenure.
Naanbais are already observing a strike in Peshawar demanding to allow them to increase the price of naan and roti.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Flour Mills Association has summoned an emergency meeting to discuss the newly imposed 17 per cent general sale tax.
Punjab Flour Mills Association President Habibur Rehman told Hum News that after the imposition of the new general sales tax, it has increasingly become impossible for them to sell the flour at the existing rate. He said that their upcoming meeting will take up a decision whether they opt for a strike or announce to increase the flour price.