Inflation has even made death a ‘luxury’
In Imran Khan’s ‘New Pakistan’ even death has become expensive as the price of coffin clothes in Lahore has jumped from Rs1,000 to Rs2,500 while grave prepared by soil is available for Rs15,000 and rate of cemented grave has been hiked to Rs30,000 from Rs10,000, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.
The inflation-hit people not only find it difficult to arrange for their sustenance, even the death has also become an expensive affair. The provisions for life and death are getting out of the reach of the low income class. The coffin cloth could be bought for Rs25,000 instead of Rs1,000. The gravedigger charges Rs15,000 now. The rate of cemented grave has increased from Rs10,000 to Rs25,000.
Gravedigger Baba Nazir told 24NewsHD that the rates of place, soil and labour have gone up. In past we could run our household in Rs5,000 but now even Rs10,000 were not enough. The government has broken the back of the poor man by increasing prices of everything, he added.
In Hyderabad also, the prices of coffin cloth and the readymade grave have soared.
After an increase in prices of daily use items, electricity and petroleum, the prices of things needed to perform the last rites of a dead man have also gone up.
An increase of Rs500 has been registered in the price of coffin cloth while a readymade grave is available for Rs25,000 instead of Rs15,000.
Reporters Junaid Riaz, Ali Hamza