July 10, 2014 BR Report
The Punjab government has not increased price of wheat flour, Food Minister Bilal Yasin clarified here on Wednesday. Earlier, some news channel reported that the price of flour had been increased by Rs 25 per 20 KG bag. Terming the news as baseless and incorrect, the minister said that the price of flour had not been increased in the province.
Meanwhile, nine provincial ministers and advisors paid surprise visits to Ramazan bazaars in nine districts and checked the quality, prices and availability of essential items at stalls and reviewed in detail cleanliness and other arrangements. Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed visited Ramazan bazaars in Bahawalnagar and Chishtian. He took notice of poor quality of flour in Ramazan bazaars on Eidgah Road and Fawarah Chowk Bahawalnagar and recommended the suspension of concerned food controller.
He directed Secretary Market Committee to further decrease the prices of essential items. Provincial Minister for Co-operatives Malik Iqbal Channar checked the quality of vegetables and fruits in Ramazan bazaars of Vehari, Mailsi and Burewala as a common consumer. He inquired from the consumers about the quality and prices of essential items and the consumers termed setting up of Ramazan bazaars as a commendable step of Punjab government.
Advisor on Health Kh Salman Rafique visited Ramazan bazaars at Shaheenabad, Gujranwala, Wazirabad and Alipur Chatha and checked the stalls of vegetables, fruits, meat and other items. Irrigation Minister Mian Yawar Zaman visited Ramazan bazaars in Okara and inquired from the consumers about the arrangements in Ramazan bazaars. Provincial Minister for Zakat & Usher Malik Nadeem Kamran visited Ramazan bazaars in Okara and Sahiwal and checked the stalls.
Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sindhu visited Ramazan bazaar in Chiniot and checked stalls. Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din visited Ramazan bazaars in Kamalia tehsil of Toba Tek Singh and checked stalls.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Malik Saleem Iqbal visited Ramazan Bazaar Dehli Gate Lahore and directed to immediately remove poor quality rice from the stall. Special Assistance to Chief Minister Muhammad Arshad Jatt visited Ramazan bazaars in Muzaffargarh and checked the stall. Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Haroon Sultan Bukhari visited Ramazan bazaar in Kallar Kahar, Chakwal and checked the stalls there.
Chief Secretary Punjab, Naveed Akram Cheema has said that the aim of Relief package of five billion rupees and Sastay Ramazan Bazaars by Punjab Chief Minister is to provide quality edible items to the people at affordable rates under which fruits, vegetables, pulses, ghee and necessary items are available at 10-20 per cent cheaper rate in Ramazan bazaars than open market.
The Punjab government spokesman said that Provincial Ministers, Assembly Members, senior government officers and price magistrates paid more than 58 thousand visits to Ramazan bazaars during last week due to which supply and quality of essential items has improved and prices of edibles have also decreased in open markets. As many as 798 shopkeepers were arrested on the charges of selling essential food items at higher rates and a fine of Rs 12.5 million has been imposed on more than one thousand shopkeepers.