Fazal khaliq | Swat|
MINGORA: At a time when the price of roti has been increased to Rs15 in the province, a trader of Kanju area in Swat sells a roti at Rs6 only to provide relief to the poor.
Haji Sher Malik says that 18 persons work in his shop where he bakes a large number of rotis three times a day. The people of Kanju and its suburbs throng his shop to get cheaper roti.
“I have set up the roti plant to provide relief to people. I sell a roti at Rs6. I daily sell about 8,000 rotis. By selling a 120-gram roti at Rs6, I don’t lose money but earns profit, though not much. I am satisfied with this little earning,” he told Dawn.
Mr Malik says that he is happy to facilitate people. “In my view, working for others is the best cause in life. I will carry on my social work,” he maintains. He adds that he wants to extend his business to the entire district and then province but he needs government’s support to do so.
Trader earns respect by selling 120-gram roti at Rs6
He says that workers in his shop are also happy as they receive handsome wages and also prayers from the customers.
“The customers are happy when they get cheaper roti. We all workers are also happy here because our daily wages are higher than others,” says Sheeraz Khan, a worker in the shop.
The residents of Kanju and suburbs say that majority of the people come to the shop because they get cheaper roti here.
“I come here from Damghar area, which is located about three kilometres from here, because I save Rs80 by buying 20 rotis at one time. I come here two times so I save Rs160 per day, which is a lot for a poor farmer like me,” a customer told this scribe.
The customers present on the occasion said that prices of daily use items were increased owing to which poor people faced many problems. They asked the government to encourage such people to setup roti plants in different areas where common people could get cheaper roti.