Punjab Government Launches SMS Based Price Information System

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Technology is a useful tool to improve governance; keeping that in mind the Government of Punjab has launched a short messaging service (SMS) based price information service for the residents of Punjab.

This service has been launched for all districts of Punjab.

This SMS based service will provide daily updated prices of grocery items on the user’s cell phone.

The mobile user will have to enter his/her city name and send the message to 80024 (more details on the mechanics of the service are provided below). The resulting reply will give price details of around 36 essential grocery items including ‘Atta’, Rice, ‘Ghee’, Apple, Chicken, Mutton, Sugar, Milk, Onions, and many other items. This service is launched as an attempt to educate consumers with the price list issued by Government of Punjab.

An app for prices would also be a good idea.

 Mechanics of the Service:

  • Type ‘Price’ <space> ‘City Name’ and send SMS to 80024
  • For instance if you want to receive prices for Lahore and surrounding areas type ‘Price Lahore’ and send it to 80024.
  • An SMS to 80024 is charged at Rs 1.43 inclusive of Tax.

On a related note, just in case if you experience any difference in prices for your local market, then go ahead and register complaint with Punjab Government at their toll free number 0800-02346.

Below is a response that we received for today’s prices in Rawalpindi:

  • Atta Bag (20 Kg): 785 Rs.
  • Vegetable Ghee (Kg): 161 Rs.
  • Rice Basmati (Kg): 145 Rs.
  • Rice Irri (Kg): 48 Rs.
  • Gram Pulse (Kg): 65 Rs.
  • Masoor (Kg): 140 Rs.
  • Mash (Kg): 138 Rs.
  • Moong (Kg): 145 Rs.
  • Mutton (Kg): 480 Rs.
  • Beef (Kg): 260 Rs.
  • Chicken Meat (Kg): 276 Rs.
  • Sugar White (Kg): 52 Rs.
  • Eggs Farmi (Dozen): 94 Rs.
  • Milk Litre (Loose): 70 Rs.
  • Red Chillies (Kg): 170 Rs.
  • Roti Tandori (100 gm): 6 Rs.
  • Potato (Kg): 26 Rs.
  • Tomato (Kg): 34 Rs.
  • Onion (Kg): 38 Rs.
  • Couliflower (Kg): 18 Rs.
  • Lady Finger (Kg): 130 Rs.
  • Bitter Gourd (Kg): 130 Rs.
  • Kaddu (Kg): 50 Rs.
  • Brinjal (Kg): 54 Rs.
  • Ginger (Kg): 238 Rs.
  • Spinach (Kg): 14 Rs.
  • Tenda (Kg): 54 Rs.
  • Green Peas (Kg): 44 Rs.
  • Turnip (Kg): 16 Rs.
  • Banana (Dozen): 60 Rs.
  • Apple (Kg): 100 Rs.
  • Pomegranate (Kg): 190 Rs.
  • Radish (Kg): 14 Rs.
  • Carrot (Kg): 18 Rs.
  • Musambi(Dozen): 70 Rs.
  • Kinno (Dozen): 65 Rs.


  • MMMTheHacker

    Nice initiative indeed. Wish I was in Punjab.

    • Me too!

    • Kaleem Ullah

      I think its another bullshit, rather one Taliban can do better than Shahbaz Sharif sb.

      • malik

        Inqalibion jalna manha hai…

  • Jamil Meo

    Good step by Punjab Gov

  • Shahid Saleem

    does it support urdu names of items?

    • Ali

      will Inshallah

  • Anon

    It would be nice if every retailer had an ID displayed at the shop/cart which you can report back in case of overpricing.

    My 2 cents.

    • Ejaz

      You can report overpricing through their Android app.

    • Kaleem Ullah

      nice idea

  • Umair Amjad Ali

    I must say nice step by GOP.

  • Kaswani

    ballay ballay lahore kay dahi bhallay

  • Ahmed

    Great, now where is IK Khaan?

    • afzaal

      janab is price list ko koi manay ga tu he baat ho g na, is list ka faida kya ho ga

    • Waqas

      Lol, you are a fanatic! Just look at what the KPK Gov. Is doing and has done. The recent Insaaf Kits (Cured so many polio affected in just a short time) is just one example

  • Faisal Mushtaq

    Chicken 276?????? today rate (for Saaf) is about 200 in Lahore. Khadim e Ala, plz check huge difference

    • malik

      Inqalibion jalna manha hai……

  • A good service indded could be more if free!

  • Imran Khan KPK

    Good initiative! This service could have been free of cost as well. Just make a twitter account and ask the inhabitants to follow. They will get free sms on daily basis… A suggestion to Punjab Govt

  • Kashif

    No Doubt its a well step by Punjab governance.

  • AZ

    wooooooooooooooooooo so much high prices, I should never return back to Pakistan :-(

  • Qaiser

    This services only for Lahore. or Other cities,

  • TARIQ MEHMOOD

    thats a wonderful system which needs tobe establish other provinces including ajk

  • Azam

    its a nice step, but this service should be avail free of cost for every mobile user…

  • Sharyar Butt

    koi b ye rate nahi uper se aap ka helpline nomber nahi milta aur hamare shahar me milk ka rate 88 hai koi inko nahi pakrta gujranwala me

    • wasif

      we think prices are not revised daily

  • syed naeem

    innitiative doesn’t do any good if there is no check and balance!!!!!
    slap on government on fooling people!!!!!!
    rates in lahore alot higher than their sms service says it should be

  • Ahmed

    ??

  • saad

    takla (shahbaz sharif) ur serivice is not working and i lost 5 rs . too to mara tax ka pasay per iyasi kar raha hai this was my hard earned money

  • Waqar Ahmed

    Funny the message says eggs 75Rs/dozen while in market they are 125