Govt won’t allow hoarders, profiteers to fleece people

* Shahbaz removes restriction of provision of only 1kg of sugar to each customer in Ramazan bazaars

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the aim of establishing Ramazan bazaars is to provide eatable items to the people at reasonable rates during the holy month. He said that the government would not allow profiteers and hoarders to exploit the people at any cost. 
According to a handout, the chief minister was talking to the press during his visit to People’s Colony Ramazan Bazaar in Gujranwala on Saturday. 
The divisional administration was unaware of the surprise visit of the chief minister as he directed the pilot of his helicopter to land in Gujranwala while returning to Lahore from Rawalpindi. 
The chief minister first visited People’s Colony Ramazan Bazaar. He went to each and every stall and checked the quality and prices of merchandise. He inquired from the people about prices and quality of essential items who told him that vegetables and fruits of fine quality were available in the bazaar at reasonable prices. They said that due to surprise visits of the chief minister, quality of items had improved and prices stabilised in Ramazan bazaars. 
On the occasion, the chief minister got checked the quality and moisture content in the wheat flour and found that readings were in accordance with prescribed requirements. The chief minister also got a flour bag weighed, which was also found correct. Shahbaz then visited Shaheenabad Ramazan Bazaar and inspected each and every stall and checked the prices and quality of merchandise. 
The chief minister especially went to the stalls of wheat flour and sugar. Taking notice of excess moisture in wheat flour, the chief minister issued orders to seal the concerned supplier named Muzaffar Flour Mill. He directed officials to ensure that the moisture content in flour does not exceed the prescribed level. 
The chief minister removed the restriction of provision of 1-kg sugar to one customer in Ramazan bazaars and ordered to provide 2-kg sugar to every customer. The people appreciated the orders of the chief minister. He also checked weights and measures at the bazaar. 
Talking to the media, Shahbaz said that arrangements in Ramazan bazaars of Gujranwala were better than such bazaars in Kasur and Okara. Appreciating the efforts of officials concerned, he directed them to keep a vigilant eye on the prices of eatable items in the open market besides Ramazan bazaars. He warned profiteers and hoarders that they should not expect any leniency from him. He expressed satisfaction over the quality and prices of vegetables, fruits and other edibles in Ramazan bazaars of Gujranwala.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz has taken notice of complaints of shortage of drinking water in some areas of the province, including the city of Lahore, and directed officials to take immediate steps to remove these complaints. 
According to a handout, the chief minister directed institutions concerned to ensure provision of drinking water to citizens at all costs and said that they must ensure that no complaint of shortage of drinking water comes from any area. 
He directed the officials concerned to ensure that generators installed on tube-wells are functional. He warned officials concerned of strict action in case a complaint of non-availability of water comes from any area.

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