PM takes time out for the people


PM reviews reform agenda, decides to set up evaluation, monitoring and delivery cell for monitoring of key ministries functions on scientific lines

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday conducted surprise visits to Aabpara and G-10 Markaz markets in the federal capital to personally inquire into the prices of daily used edible items.

The prime minister, on the occasion, mixed freely with the consumers and inquired into the prices of daily used items, including vegetables and fruits.

The people present there highly appreciated his visits. They also lauded the government’s decision of bringing down petroleum prices.

Addressing a gathering of people, the prime minister said that he had come to look into the impact of the “public-friendly measures” taken by the government such as the sharp cut in petroleum prices. He said that Pakistan no doubt was confronted with serious issues like gas and power shortage but he was resolved to overcome all the problems in the shortest possible period. Both the issues, he added, would be addressed during the present government’s tenure. He said that the gas shortage issue would end within next two years.

The prime minister assured the people that the government was also taking steps to overcome other issues like unemployment. He asked people to pray for their success and said that soon Pakistan would be on the path of progress and prosperity. He was apprised by an old woman that the prices of vegetables had come down significantly.

A shopkeeper said that potatoes were being sold at Rs.30 per kilogram against Rs 80 some two months back. Likewise, the price of onions now stood at Rs 30, tomatoes Rs 70, carrots Rs 30 and cauliflower at Rs 25.

A number of shopkeepers at Aabpara and G-10 markets while answering the prime minister’s queries replied that the cut in petroleum prices in the last six months had brought substantial relief to the consumers.

The prime minister also listened to the issues of the Aabpara shopkeepers and assured that them that PML-N legislator Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, who had accompanied him, would address their concerns.

During his visit to G-10 Markaz, he also heard a government employee’s concerns regarding transport fares.

Two children also approached the premier and shook hands with him, whereas a pushcart owner selling peanuts also expressed his satisfaction over the decline of prices in daily used items.

On the occasion, the people raised slogans of “Nawaz Sharif Zindabad”.

Moreover, the premier spent a busy day in office on Sunday. Despite it being a weekend, he chaired a long meeting in the afternoon where the reform agenda of the government came under discussion.

The meeting decided that an Evaluation, Monitoring and Delivery Cell would immediately be set up in the Prime Minister’s Office to keep watch on the functionality of key ministries along scientific lines.

A follow up meeting on setting up of this cell would take place today to discuss matters related to civil service reforms as well as improved service delivery to the people at their doorsteps.