Lahore:Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that a large number of citizens are benefiting from availability of daily use items at subsidized rates in 322 Ramazan Bazars set up in nine divisions of the province by the Punjab government. He said that the monitoring system of quality and prices is being further strengthened to bring about improvement.
He expressed these views while talking to media representatives after visiting Ramazan Bazars at Pattoki, Renala Khurd, Okara and Sahiwal. He was accompanied by Provincial Minister Zakat and Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran, concerned public representatives, Secretary Food, Director Industries, concerned DCOs and police authorities. Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said that fair price shops set up at all Ramazan Bazars throughout the province are providing an effective relief to the masses, while the system of monitoring of quality of daily use items and their prices is being further strengthened. He said that Punjab government is providing various fruits and vegetables as well as rice on wholesale prices while gram pulse and baison is being sold at subsidized rates to the citizens. The Senior Advisor expressed satisfaction over the effective arrangements at Ramazan Bazars in Sahiwal and said that all Ramazan Bazars in various districts of Punjab ought to follow the ideal bazaar at Sahiwal. He appreciated the duty officer present on the occasion on the best arrangements. Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa also checked the weight of packets of flour, sugar, rice, gram pulse and Baison available at Ramazan bazaars.
The Senior Advisor said that a helpline has been set up for the citizens to get their complaints registered in case of profiteering, hoarding, quality of every day items available, weight, unavailability of daily use items or unpleasant attitude of shopkeepers at Ramazan Bazars. He said while the general public has expressed satisfaction over the availability of daily use items on subsidized rates in Ramazan Bazars, however, they have strongly protested against loadshedding, especially at the time of Sehari and Iftar.