LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday issued necessary instructions to provincial ministers and officials from Beijing regarding strict implementation of the Ramazan Package and arrangements in Ramazan bazaars.
According to a handout, the chief minister directed them to ensure that essential items, fruits and vegetables were available in abundance in Ramazan bazaars and the open market besides paying special attention to quality and prices of these items. He directed the officials concerned to take action without any discrimination against elements selling substandard articles or making undue profits. He directed provincial ministers, elected representatives, secretaries and concerned officials to continue paying regular visits to Ramazan bazaars and send him a report via email after personally reviewing Ramazan bazaars arrangements. He said that he was personally supervising the implementation of the Ramazan Package and that he was also reviewing measures taken for the benefit of the people in Ramazan bazaars even during his visit to China.
He made it clear to the officials that no compromise would be made on supply of quality essential items to the masses at concessionary rates. He stressed that element involved in profiteering and hoarding during this sacred month deserved no leniency. The chief minister said that district coordination officers should continue supervising auction process in vegetable markets in their respective districts. He urged the provincial administration to play an active role in getting open market prices of daily-use items stabilised. He said that district administration staff showing good performance in Ramazan bazaars would be encouraged.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz has said that Armed Forces were fighting a war for survival of the country and that all members of society are praying for their success.
According to another handout, he expressed these views while talking to the press and addressing a meeting of the National Development Reforms Commission of China in Beijing on Tuesday.
The chief minister said that elimination of terrorism and energy crisis was essential for achieving the objectives of development. However, he said, effective social measures along with use of force were also needed to curb terrorism and extremism. He said that provision of education, healthcare and other basic facilities to the common man was essential for foiling the nefarious designs of such elements. He said that the existing situation could not be viewed separately from the decisions taken during 1980s.
Earlier, during meetings with Chinese authorities and heads of different institutions, Shahbaz said that progress of China was a role model for Pakistan. He said that shortage of electricity in Pakistan was a national crisis and that China had helped Pakistan in every hour of need. He said that Pakistan was trying to overcome energy crisis on a war footing with the help of China and other friendly countries.
Federal Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan’s economy had improved considerably during the last one year. He said that the GDP ratio and foreign exchange reserves had gone up while industrial production had also improved despite energy crisis. He said that China should cooperate with Pakistan in those energy projects that could be made functional at the earliest.
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