Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that best arrangements should be made as compared to past years for the facility of people and no effort be spared for the stability of prices of edible items during Ramadan Mubarak.
He was presiding over a high level meeting to review arrangements regarding Ramzan Package, Ramzan Bazaars, Fair Price Shops and Sheri and Aftari Dastar khawans during Ramadan Mubarik, here today in which proposed steps for provision of relief to the people during Ramadan were reviewed in detail.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is evolving a comprehensive programme for providing relief to the people in Ramadan during current year under which more than 300 Ramadan Bazaars will be set up while 27 model bazaars will also work as Ramadan Bazaars throughout the province. He said that provision of edible items to the people at affordable rates is responsibility of concerned departments and no effort should be spared in this regard.
He said that provision of quality essential items on fixed price should be ensured and if a complaint is received in this regard then the concerned administration will be held responsible.
The Chief Minister said that he will personally supervise the steps taken for provision of relief to the people in Ramadan.
He said that indiscriminate action will also be taken against the hoarders and profiteers and on complaints of hoarding, concerned Commissioners, RPOs, Deputy Commissioners and DPOs will be responsible. He said that Daster khawans at Sehri and Aftari timings will be set up during Ramadan ul Mubarak.
He said that there should be no shortage of fruits, vegetables and pulses during Ramadan and the concerned departments should evolve a comprehensive mechanism through early steps. He said that fair price shops would also set up by Agriculture Department in Ramadan bazaars and the items at these shops will be available to the people at cheaper rates as compared to the market.
He said that the aim of steps taken during Ramadan ul Mubarak is to provide relief to common man and no effort should be spared in provision of relief to the common man. He said that special attention should be paid to quality as well as prices of essential items and no compromise would be made on standard of daily use commodities.
He directed that the prices of edible items in Ramadan Bazaars should be displayed through digital boards and their provision should be ensured for the citizens visiting Ramadan Bazaars.
The Chief Minister also directed to constitute price control committees at district level.
Lord Mayor Lahore and Commissioner Lahore Division will jointly preside Lahore Price Control Committee while Mayor or Chairmen District Councils will preside the meetings of price control committees along with Deputy Commissioners in other districts of the province.
Provincial Ministers Bilal Yaseen, Sheikh Alla du Din, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Naeem Akhter Bhabha, Member National Assembly Malik Afzal Khokar, Member Provincial Assembly Taufeeq Butt, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Acting IG Police, Commissioner Lahore Division, Lord Mayor Lahore, secretaries and other high-ups of concerned departments attended the meeting whereas Provincial Minister Asif Saeed Manais, MPA Waheed Gul, Secretary Agriculture and Secretary Finance participated in the meeting through video link.