Lahore, May 06, 2019 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed strict checking of Ramzan Bazaars setup across the province for providing relief to the people. Usman Buzdar said that ministers, advisors, and secretaries have been deputed to monitor these bazaars adding that he will also visit to check the arrangements. A subsidy to the tune of billions of rupees has been given for providing essential items on subsidized rates. He has issued directions to the line departments to take concrete measures for stabilizing the prices of essential items and added that provision of different daily use items in the open market should be ensured at fixed rates.
The proactive approach is necessary for giving genuine relief to the people and permission will not be allowed to create any artificial price-hike. Strict legal action will be initiated against those responsible for artificial price-hike; he added and further said that industries, food and agriculture departments should ensure implementation of governmental steps. He said that control rooms have been established for the monitoring of Ramzan related arrangements at provincial, divisional and district levels. The Chief Minister also directed that indiscriminate crackdown should be continued against hoarders and illegal profiteers.
The full administrative authority should be used to provide eatables to the people at the fixed rates and any illegal increase in their rates will not be tolerated, he said. He said that law will come into action against those selling the essential items at exorbitant rates. Effective measures should be taken to stabilize the prices of essential items through a price control mechanism, he added. 309 Ramzan Bazaars have been set up in the province along-with agri-fair price shops.
He said that flour, sugar, ghee, oil, eggs, pulses and vegetables will be available on cheap rates in Ramzan Bazaars and a ten- kg flour bag will be available at Rs.290. He said that sugar will be provided at Rs.55 per kg while the rates of ghee and oil have been decreased from Rs.15 to Rs.20 per kg. He said that eggs will be available on the less price of Rs.5 per dozen. Chicken meat will be available at Rs.10 less than the market rate. Similarly, two thousand dastarkhawn will be set up across the province for Sehar and Iftar because the provision of relief is the agenda of the PTI government and every step will be taken in this regard, he added.
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