LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government has set up the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) with a sum of Rs 500 million for tribal brethren, who have been rendered homeless in the wake of operation against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and that relief items worth Rs 100 million are being sent to the internally displaced persons (IDPs). According to a handout, the chief minister said that the first consignment of 50 truckloads of relief articles including rice, flour, pulses and other commodities was being dispatched while more would be dispatched, if needed. He said that the provincial cabinet and assembly members had announced donating their one-month salary to the CMRF. He once again made an appeal to philanthropists and well-off personalities to extend maximum help to their brethren and donate generously to the CMRF.
He was talking to the press in Model Town on the occasion of dispatching relief items to for the IDPs on Tuesday.
Ministers Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Abdul Waheed Chaudhary, Bilal Yasin, Muhammad Shafiq and Zakiya Shahnawaz, Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq, elected representatives and senior officials were also present.
The chief minister said that Armed Forces personnel were fighting a war for ensuring survival of the country and for securing future of coming generations. He said that the whole nation was praying for the success of its armed forces and that it was standing by them in the war against terrorism.
He said that the Punjab government had sent 2,000 tents, 20,000 flour bags each weighing 20kg, 14,000 rice bags of 20kg each and 20,000 food hampers for the IDPs.
He said that a committee headed by Food Minister Bilal Yasin and consisting of elected representatives had been constituted to ensure timely and smooth supply of relief assistance to the IDPs. He said that the committee would remain in touch with the federal government and other authorities concerned to meet the requirements of IDPs.
He said that besides sending relief items, the provincial government was also considering sending assistance in the form of cash so that the IDPs could purchase necessary items to meet their needs.
The chief minister urged the wealthy and well-to-do persons to come forward and provide maximum help to the IDPs. He said that the Punjab government would continue to extend all-out cooperation till complete rehabilitation of the IDPs.
According to another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz has taken notice of increase in the prices of essential items ahead of Ramazan and has directed the Cabinet Committee on Price Control to visit markets and bazaars to bring about stability in prices. He said that sale of daily-use items on excessive prices would not be tolerated. He directed the administration to ensure provision of daily-use items to citizens at fixed prices.
The chief minister directed the cabinet committee, departments concerned and district administrations to play their role in getting the prices stabilised. He warned officials concerned of strict action in case any complaint of overcharging emerged in their jurisdiction.
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