Lahore, June 08, 2016 (PPI-OT):Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif reviewed arrangements for providing cheaper and quality edible items to the masses in Ramzan Bazaars to be set up throughout the province under Ramzan Package through video conference from London today.
Addressing the video conference, the Chief Minister said that 318 Ramzan Bazaars have been set up throughout the province for providing quality items at cheaper rates to the people during Ramzan-ul-Mubarak while 25 model bazaars will also operate as Ramzan Bazaars where daily use items will be available to the consumers at concessionary rates. He said that an effective monitoring system has been evolved to keep an eye on prices and quality of daily use item in Ramzan Bazaars.
He said that like previous years, Punjab government has given a historic Ramazan Package of billions of rupees this year also. He said that all possible measures will be taken to ensure that every penny of this package should reach the people. He said that agri fair price shops have also been set up whereas arrangements have been completed to establish more than two thousand Madni Dasterkhawan.
He said that flour, sugar, ghee, pulses, fruits, vegetables, chicken, eggs and other items are being provided in Ramzan bazaars and agri fair price shops at cheaper rates than open market. He said that provision of quality edible items at cheaper rates to the masses will be ensured at all costs and provincial ministers, elected representatives, administration and concerned departments will have to perform their duties efficiently.
The Chief Minister said that hoarding and profiteering will not be tolerated at any cost and strict legal action will be initiated against those looting the people. He said that Punjab government has delegated special powers to Price Control Magistrates for taking action against hoarders and profiteers. He said that a special dashboard has also been developed with the cooperation of Punjab Information Technology Board for the monitoring of Ramzan bazaars while control rooms are also fully operational.
He said that stalls of utility stores have been set up in Ramzan bazaars for the benefit of citizens. The Chief Minister said that shortage of essential items will not be tolerated during Ramzan-ul-Mubarak and the concerned departments and institutions should take advance measures in case of possible shortage of any item while demand and supply of commodities in market should be closely monitored.
He said that Ramzan-ul-Mubarak provides an opportunity to earn the blessings of Allah Almighty and traders and shopkeepers should perform their religious responsibility by supplying quality essential items to the masses at the fixed rates. The Chief Minister said that all Commissioners and District Coordination Officers will be duty bound to ensure availability of essential commodities in their respective areas and will personally supervise auctioning process.
He said that provincial ministers, advisors, special assistants and secretaries have also been assigned duties to monitor prices and quality of consumer items in various districts. He said that Provincial Cabinet Committee on Price Control will monitor prices of daily use items regularly and submit a daily report. The Chief Minister directed that there should not be shortage in the supply of consumer items anywhere in the province and availability of all essential items in abundance should be ensured.
He said that further increase in subsidy on gram pulse and Baisan should be considered and necessary measures in this regard should immediately be purposed. He said that arrangements have been made for electronic display of prices of food items in Ramzan Bazaars for the benefit of citizens. The Chief Minister further directed that provision of necessary facilities to the fasting people in Ramzan Bazaars should be ensured so that they should not face any inconvenience.
He said that proper security and sanitation arrangements should also be made in Ramzan bazaars and due attention should be paid to security arrangements during Taraveh prayers. He said that provision of relief to the poor in the holy month of Ramzan is a form of worship and elected representatives, administration and police should make their best efforts in this regard.
Shahbaz Sharif appreciated efficiency of Member National Assembly Afzal Khokhar with regard to making model bazaars functional. Provincial Ministers Bilal Yasin, Farrukh Javed, Muhammad Shafiq, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Assembly Members, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Police authorities, secretaries of concerned departments attended the meeting from Civil Secretariat while Commissioner Faisalabad Division and DCO Faisalabad from Commissioner’s office Faisalabad, Commissioner Sargodha Division from Mianwali, DCO Sargodha from Sargodha and Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab and authorities participated in the meeting from Chief Minister’s office. Secretaries of concerned departments gave a detailed briefing regarding arrangements made in Ramazan bazaars in the Ramazan Package.
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