LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Ramazan bazaars set up throughout the province are providing relief to the people in real sense and quality flour, pulses, fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and other edibles are being provided to the masses at subsidised prices. He directed provincial ministers, assembly members, secretaries and other government officials to continue paying visits to Ramazan bazaars on a regular basis to monitor the arrangements.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while addressing a meeting of the Provincial Price Control Committee through video link on Tuesday.
He said that prices of daily-use items, fruits and vegetables have stabilised due to effective strategy adopted by the provincial government. He said that effective system devised for checking of quality and prices of essential items had yielded positive results. He said that his visits to Ramazan bazaars and continuous monitoring had also resulted in ensuring availability of quality essential items to citizens at concessionary rates.
He further said that the Punjab government provided a subsidy of Rs 5 billion for the provision of wheat flour at cheaper rate during the holy month of Ramazan. He directed that action against hoarders and profiteers be continued without any discrimination and warned that no one would be allowed to exploit citizens. He said that mechanism evolved for the provision of quality items to the masses at reduced rates should be fully implemented.
Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed, MPA Waheed Gul and top officials attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, philanthropists, industrialists, traders, assembly members and notables called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and donated a total amount of over Rs 160 million to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.
According to another handout, philanthropists from the city of Lahore gave cheques worth Rs 35 million while industrialists presented cheques for Rs 13.5 million that included Rs 2.5 million by Guard Group; Rs 2.5 million by SK Brothers; Rs 3 million by Master Paint; and Rs 2.5 million by Packages Limited. Another business group presented a cheque for Rs 100 million. Sahiwal DPS Principal Brig (r) Anwaar-ul-Haq Kirmani presented a cheque of Rs 525,000; MPA Dr Nadia Aziz Rs 800,000; MPA Pir Ghulam Farid Rs 500,000; MNA Shazia Wattoo Rs 100,000; Sirdar Zulfiqar Rs 1 million; Asia Poultry Feed Chief Executive Officer Ghulam Nabi Chaudhry Rs 5 million; University of Veterinary and Animal Science Vice Chancellor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha Rs 1.1 million; Mian Waqar Rs 1 million; and Saleem Ghauri Rs 1 million. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that a large number of people from various walks of life were generously donating funds to the IDPs in response to his appeal. He said that every penny of donations would be spent in a transparent manner. He said that this spirit of well-to-do and well-off segments of society was highly commendable. He vowed that the Punjab government would spare no effort in providing assistance to the IDPs.
MNA Pervaiz Malik, MPAs Chaudhry Shahbaz and Bao Akhtar, Adviser Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan and top officials were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, a representative delegation of Messrs Mckinsey called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
According to another handout, matters regarding reformation of tax system and controlling line losses in electricity distribution system were discussed in the meeting.
The chief minister said that e-governance system was being introduced in important provincial departments.
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