December 05, 2013
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that due to the timely steps of the Punjab government, prices of essential items have stabilised. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting, which was held here on Wednesday to review the prices of essential items, disclosed an official.
Provincial ministers Dr Farrukh Javed, Muhammad Shafique, Special Assistant Arshad Jutt, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Punjab Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Additional Chief Secretary, concerned secretaries, Commissioner Lahore Division, Additional IG Special Branch and other concerned officials attended the meeting. The meeting reviewed in detail prices of daily use items throughout the province.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister directed that all the concerned departments should continue their proactive role for providing relief to the common man. He said RPOs and DCOs should remain present at the time of auction of vegetables in the markets. “Indiscrimination action should be taken against the hoarders and profiteers,” he added.
He also directed that the helpline set up for redressal of complaints of the people should be made functional at the earliest whereas ‘Sahulat’ centres should also be set up for immediate redressal of public complaints in ‘Sastay’ bazaars and vegetable markets. While taking immediate notice of not auctioning vegetables in the market, he ordered suspension of acting Chairman Market Committee Rahim Yar Khan.
According to him, administration, police and elected representatives should visit bazaars, markets and vegetable markets to monitor the prices of edible items. The supply of eatable items, including pulses and fruit, should be improved. The members of cabinet committee, Chief Secretary and Inspector General Police need to visit three districts in a week and submit a report in this regard.
The Chief Minister also directed that the rates of essential items should be displayed speciously at shops and markets. He said special uniform should be prepared for the staff of market committees throughout Punjab. “Setting up of model bazaars at tehsil level should be considered and the Kahna Kacha Vegetable Market of Lahore should be made a model market,” he added.
Shahbaz Sharif directed the concerned officials to set up small ‘Sastay’ bazaars at Mohalla level throughout Punjab and added that provision of essential items should be ensured at these small bazaars. While directing purchase of tents for ‘Sastay’ bazaars, he said elected representatives, administration and police of the districts showing outstanding performance in the provision of eatable items at cheaper rates to the people would be encouraged and will be given commendatory certificates.
He said that consumer associations can play vital role for strengthening the prices of essential items, therefore, representatives of these associations should be mobilised so that they could play their due role with regard to stabilising the prices of edible items.
He stressed for provision of 20-kg flour bag at ex-mill rate in ‘Sastay’ bazaars. He warned that increase of a single penny in price of atta throughout the province will not be tolerated. While issuing orders to continue action against the owners of petrol pumps involved in overcharging throughout Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif said the pump owners selling petrol on higher prices to the citizens deserve no leniency. He directed the administration and police to take indiscriminate action against the petrol pumps involved in overcharging. On the occasion, the Punjab Chief Secretary gave a briefing regarding visits of cabinet committee to districts and Secretary Industry regarding prices of essential items during the meeting.
Courtesy Business Recorder