Cab­i­net body to mon­i­tor es­sen­tial items pro­vi­sion at Ra­mazan bazars

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SALIM AHMED

LA­HORE—On the in­struc­tions of Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif, Pro­vin­cial Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee has been con­sti­tuted to mon­i­tor on regular ba­sis the ar­range­ments for pro­vi­sion of qual­ity es­sen­tial items to the masses in Ra­madan Bazaars. The com­mit­tee will re­view mea­sures for pro­vi­sion of re­lief to the cit­i­zens un­der Ra­madan Pack­age and sub­mit its re­port on daily ba­sis.

The mem­bers of the com­mit­tee will reg­u­larly mon­i­tor the ar­range­ments made in Ra­madan bazaars. The com­mit­tee will also mon­i­tor the vis­its of pro­vin­cial min­is­ters, spe­cial as­sis­tants, ad­vi­sors, par­lia­men­tary sec­re­taries and ad­min- is­tra­tive sec­re­taries as well as DCOs, DPOs and other ad­min­is­tra­tive and district of­fi­cers.

The com­mit­tee will hold its meet­ings on regular ba­sis in Ra­madan and sub­mit its re­port to the Chief Min­is­ter. Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter for Food, Min­is­ter for In­dus­tries and Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture will be the con­vener of the com­mit­tee while Chief Sec­re­tary will be its co-con­vener.

Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Mem­ber Pro­vin­cial As­sem­bly Wa­heed Gul, Chair­man Chief Min­is­ter’s In­spec­tion Team, Sec­re­tary I&C, Chair­man Pun­jab In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Board, Sec­re­tary IC&I, Spe­cial Sec­re­tary Agri­cul­ture, Di­rec­tor Food, Ad­di­tional IG Spe­cial Branch and other of­fi­cers will be mem­bers of the com­mit­tee. Quetta: Fol­low­ing the orders of Chief Min­is­ter Balochis­tan, spe­cial vig­i­lance teams vis­ited bazaars in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal and ar­rested 38 prof­i­teers found sell­ing out ed­i­ble items while vi­o­lat­ing govern­ment rates.

The teams headed by As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­ers and Spe­cial Mag­is­trates paid sur­prise vis­its to sev­eral mar­kets and bazaars and checked the rates of com­modi­ties. They ar­rested 38 shop­keep­ers found in prof­i­teer­ing. The teams also raided five fac­to­ries found man­u­fac­tur­ing sub-stan­dard and fake ice cream in the name of branded ice cream.

The of­fi­cials said that spe­cial mag­is­trates had been as­signed to pay sur­prise vis­its to the ar­eas within their ju­ris­dic­tion to check sale of ed­i­bles and com­modi­ties at govern­ment rates. They said that the shop­keep­ers found in prof­i­teer­ing would be ar­rested and sent to jail. They said that the govern­ment was en­sur­ing all avail­able fa­cil­i­ties to peo­ple dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan.

Later, they called the po­lice and held 18 prof­i­teers and warned oth­ers to re­main strict to the govern­ment’s fixed price list while sell­ing food items.—APP

MUL­TAN: In charge of Ra­mazan Bazars MPA Sul­tana Sha­heen check­ing price lists of food items dur­ing her visit to Ra­mazan Bazar.

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