Ramazan Package effective from July 15: MD USC
“We have already finalized the arrangements to implement the Ramazan Package on July 15 as the corporation has completed about 100 percent procurement of the commodities that would be provided on subsidized rates during the holy month,” USC Managing Director Major General (R) Malik Muhammad Farooq told media.
The government has approved Rs 2.5 billion for the Ramazan package to provide quality goods at subsidized rates during the holy month of Ramazan, he added.
Talking to this agency, the USC MD said that besides the allocated subsidy, the Corporation has also decided to provide further relief to common man by minimizing profit ratio and passing on the benefits of rebates provided by the suppliers to the end consumers.
He informed that USC had already started working on its 100 day plane with the procurement of different commodities on economical rates before starting of the holy months to provide maximum relief to poor segments of the society as prices of essential goods registers upward trend by the start of the month.
The government has also hired warehouses for keeping the sufficient stocks as well as to monitor the quality of the products and smooth supply throughout the Ramazan, he added.
“Quality control in all 5,800 country wide outlets is the top priority of the corporation and special vigilance teams have been constituted to keep strict check on the quality of the commodities”, he added.
Malik Muhammad Farooq said that USC has procured 2,000 metric tons of pulses would be distributed in its 10 zones to provide pure basin at Rs. 105 per kg as against Rs. 130 to Rs.135 per kg in open market.
Besides other items, basin, dates and drinks would be provided on priority basis Rs 20-30 cheaper as compared to the open market as the commodity volume had also been increased from 350 items to 2,000 items, he remarked.
He said the government has decided to open 2,000 more stores as about 70 percent existing outlets were providing services in rural areas, while 30 percent in urban areas.