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No compromise on quality of products at Ramazan bazaars

* CM directs officials to monitor prices and quality of essential items in open market*Plan made for promotion of horticulture

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that steps taken by the government to provide quality essential items as well as fruits and vegetables to citizens at reasonable rates during the holy month of Ramazan have yielded positive results and that the people have been given relief in its real sense. He said that besides prices and quality, abundant supply of daily-use items had been ensured in Ramazan bazaars. 
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while addressing a meeting of the Provincial Price Control Committee through video link on Monday. 
The chief minister said that an effective system had been adopted for checking quality and prices of essential items in Ramazan bazaars for providing relief to the people while action was being taken against hoarders and profiteers without any discrimination. He vowed that no one would be allowed to exploit the masses. He said that no compromise would be made on the provision of quality essential commodities to citizens at cheaper rates and that no laxity or negligence by officials would be tolerated in this regard. The chief minister said that a comprehensive mechanism had been evolved for the provision of daily-use items at cheaper rates in Ramazan bazaars and overcharging would not be tolerated. He said that government officials and elected representatives were visiting Ramazan bazaars on a regular basis to ensure supply of quality essential items to citizens. He said that the people would not be left at the mercy of profiteers and hoarders and that he was personally monitoring prices of essential items and that sluggish officials should not expect any leniency from him. 
He said that fruits and vegetables were being provided to the people at affordable rates at fair price shops. He directed that legal action be continued against hoarders and profiteers and that elected representatives and officials should continue to monitor prices and quality of essential commodities.
He said that prices and quality of essential items in the open market should also be monitored. He said that the government had taken necessary measures for providing maximum relief to citizens during the holy month of Ramazan and that its efforts were yielding encouraging results. 
He directed the Provincial Price Control Committee to continue to play an active role in getting prices stabilised even after Ramazan so that no one could exploit citizens. He said that officials who would ensure best arrangements in Ramazan bazaars would be fully encouraged and awarded commendatory certificates. 
Meanwhile, Shahbaz has said that the government had adopted the policy of promotion of horticulture and that beauty and attraction of newly-built infrastructure projects had been enhanced through horticulture. 
According to another handout, the chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting that reviewed measures for the promotion of horticulture in the province and progress on Greater Iqbal Park and Butterfly House Projects.
Housing Minister Tanvir Aslam Malik, MPAs Mohsin Latif and Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, PHA Vice Chairman Iftikhar Ahmad, LDA Vice Chairman Khwaja Ahmad Hassaan and other officials concerned attended the meeting. 
The chief minister said that measures were being taken for up-gradation of parks in the province and that maximum recreational facilities were being provided in parks for the benefit of citizens and that Greater Iqbal Park and Butterfly House Projects were a part of this programme. He said that the Greater Iqbal Park Project would highlight cultural heritage of the city of Lahore. Moreover, he said, landscaping would also be carried out to enhance the beauty of the city besides ensuring provision of facilities of international standard to visitors. 
He said that the Butterfly House would be a beautiful addition to Jallo Botanical Garden and would result in promotion of recreational and tourist facilities. He further said that infrastructure projects executed in Punjab Province had been made attractive through horticulture and this process would be continued in future as well. 
He said that Azadi Chowk Flyover and other newly-completed projects would also be beautified through horticulture. He said that an effective strategy had been adopted for the promotion of horticulture in the province as it helps control environmental pollution besides increasing beauty of the vicinity. 

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