Government will not allow cotton price to fall: Elahi
LAHORE: The government is aware of the problems cultivators face and will not allow the market price of cotton to fall, said Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, while addressing a parliamentary meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) on Monday.
“If the need should arise, the government will buy wheat from farmers at a rate higher than Rs 400 per 40 per kg to keep the market price stable,” he said.
Elahi said that the people of Punjab and other provinces would never help politicians in an agitation movement. He said that politics had certain democratic norms and traditions which should always be observed.
He said that public processions had been banned in Punjab and this was also binding upon the ruling party. He said that the government had no objections against holding public meetings at specified places.
He said that President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s announcement that the next general elections would be held in 2007 had removed all uncertainty from national politics. He said that the local bodies elections would be held in two phases. He urged PML workers to give priority to the party’s enrolment campaign and maintain unity to achieve a victory in both the elections.
CM bans recruitment in govt depts
LAHORE: Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has stopped recruitment at various government departments, after hearing of complaints that merit was not being upheld in the ongoing recruitment process. Necessary measures for ensuring merit would be taken before restarting the recruitment process, he said. staff report