Magistrates to keep check on essentials prices: minister
PESHAWAR: The provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was told that the government is going for the revival of the magistracy system for keeping strict check on the prices of the essentials in the province. This was stated by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussein while speaking in response to an adjournment motion on the price hike in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The adjournment motion was moved by Malik Mohammad Qasim Khattak of the JUI-F. Moving his adjournment motion, he said that the prevailing flood of the price hike and growing prices of the essentials everyday had made the lives of the common men miserable. The people, he said are very disturbed and concerned over the issue.
The provincial minister said that under the devolution plan magistracy system was abolished and in the prevailing situation, the districts have no mechanism for keeping check on the prices of the essentials.
He said that the opposition should have given their proposals and suggestions for the arresting of the price hike. He said that the legislators, who had raised the matter in the provincial assembly, should have taken it up in the proper forum of the National Assembly through their leadership.
Mian Iftikhar said that they are fully of the aware of the problem of the price hike as they themselves are from middle class and use to go markets for the purchase of vegetables and other essential food items. He said that the problem is faced by the country since the very inception and with the passage of the time it was further deteriorated. "We are speaking with honesty that they would have taken effective measures for its arrest, if they would not have faced the grave issue of terrorism," added the minister. He said that the successful running of businesses requires peaceful environment and the government he said is battling the menace of the terrorism for the achievement of that objective. Dispelling the impression of the extravagant expenses, he said that they are living their routine life and no increase has been made in the expenditure of provincial government. -App