Shahbaz won’t leave masses at profiteers’ mercy


The government officials should make all out efforts to provide relief to the masses in the real sense in Ramzan bazaars, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while presiding over a high level meeting through video link at the Civil Secretariat on Monday.

Measure taken for providing relief to the people through Ramzan bazaars were reviewed in detail.

Addressing the meeting, he said that quality essential items, fruits and vegetables should be made available to the citizens in open markets and bazaars and Provincial Price Control Committee and Ramzan Monitoring Committee should play an active role in this regard.

He said that purpose of setting up Ramzan bazaars throughout the province is to provide quality food items to the masses at cheaper rates and a large number of people are benefitting from the bazaars.

“The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has given Ramzan Package of billions of rupees to provide relief to the people during the holy month of fasting under which quality essential items, flour, pulses, fruits and vegetables are being provided at cheaper rates in the bazaars,” he said.

The chief minister said that it is responsibility of the director general weigh and measures to take effective measures to check short weighing and measuring.

He said that no one will be allowed to exploit masses and the institution concerned will have to perform its duties efficiently in this regard.

He said that interest of the people will be safeguarded at any cost.

“The people cannot be left at the mercy of hoarders and profiteers and no one will be allowed to exploit the citizens,” he added.

He said that the districts making excellent arrangements with regard to provision of quality items to the people at cheaper rate during in Ramzan will be encouraged.

He directed that provincial ministers, advisors, elected representatives and authorities concerned should regularly visit the bazaars and keep an eye on prices and supply of food items.

Provincial ministers Bilal Yasin, Farukh Javed, special assistant Arshad Jatt, chief secretary, provincial assembly members, inspector general of police, secretaries and administrative officers concerned attended the meeting through video link at the Civil Secretariat. Fateha was also offered in the meeting for the brother of Punjab Secretary Food Dr Pervaiz Ahmed Khan.