Lahore, February 12, 2021 (PPI-OT): As per the directive of the Punjab Chief Minister, the Punjab government has decided to set up 309 Ramzan bazaars in the province during the holy month to provide maximum relief to the common man. The decision was taken at a meeting of the committee set up to prepare recommendations for the Ramzan Package, here on Thursday. Senior Minister for Food Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan participated via video link while Provincial Industries Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, Provincial Agriculture Minister Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, the Chief Secretary Punjab, administrative secretaries of different departments including agriculture, industries, livestock, food, the director Food, director general public relations and cane commissioner Punjab attended the meeting at the Chief Secretary’s Office.
The meeting reviewed various proposals regarding prices of essential commodities and provision of subsidy on them. The recommendations being prepared by the committee for Ramzan Package would be presented before the Punjab Cabinet for final approval. Speaking at the meeting, Abdul Aleem Khan said that the Punjab government has taken all possible steps to normalize the wheat and flour situation across the province and the Prime Minister’s initiative to import wheat proved decisive in this regard.
He mentioned that all required arrangements would also be made ahead of the holy month and flour would be provided in the Ramzan bazaars at less than the fixed price. Mian Aslam Iqbal said that steps are being taken to provide maximum relief to the common man in the holy month and 309 Ramzan bazaars would be set up in the province from 25th Shaban.
Hussain Jahanian Gardezi said that flour, sugar, vegetables would be available at discounted rates under the Ramadan Package, adding that the Agriculture Department would set up fair-price shops in Ramzan bazaars. The Chief Secretary directed the officers to ensure implementation of coronavirus SOPs in Ramzan bazaars and pay special attention to monitoring the quality, supply and prices of commodities as well as cleanliness and other arrangements. He also issued instructions to avoid unnecessary expenditures. He said that all the relevant departments should work hard to bring the benefits of Ramadan Package to the people.
For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations
Government of the Punjab