LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed that indiscriminate action should be taken against profiteers and hoarders. He also warned that increase of even a single penny in the prices of fruits, vegetables and other essential items would not be tolerated. He directed district coordination officers (DCOs) and district police officers (DPOs) to monitor bidding process in vegetable markets on a daily basis. He also directed evolving a digital monitoring mechanism to supervise the process of bidding at vegetable markets.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting with regard to reviewing the prices of essential items ahead of the holy month of Ramazan.
MNAs Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Wasim Akhtar Sheikh, provincial ministers Dr Farrukh Javed, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Bilal Yasin and Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq, elected representatives and senior officials attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that provision of quality daily-use items to the people at fixed prices was responsibility of the government and that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. He directed that a comprehensive mechanism be evolved for bringing about stability in prices of daily-use items during Ramazan. He directed commissioners, regional police officers (RPOs), DCOs and DPOs to monitor the quality and prices of food items in Ramazan Bazaars and submit reports on a daily basis.
The chief minister said that beef and meat would also be provided at cheaper rates whereas sugar would be available at Rs 45 per kilogramme in Ramazan Bazaars.
He directed district price control committees to monitor arrangements at Ramazan Bazaars and keep a vigilant eye on the prices and quality of essential items. He said that arrangements made in the province would be monitored with the help of latest technology. The chief minister directed the inspector general of police (IGP) to make foolproof security arrangements in Ramazan Bazaars.
The additional chief secretary gave a detailed briefing with regard to arrangements to be made in Ramazan Bazaars.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government has formed six working groups for the development of garments and textile sectors. He said that the Quaid-i-Azam Apparel Park project was of vital importance in the wake of grant of GSP (Generalised System of Preference) Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union. He said that more facilities were being offered to garments and textile sectors in order to capitalise on the GSP Plus status.
According to another handout, the chief minister expressed these views while addressing a meeting held to review the steps taken for development of garments and textile sectors.
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