Come down hard on encroachers, profiteers: CM

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday announced the Ramzan Package worth seven billion to provide relief to the masses in the holy month of Ramazan.

While chairing the Cabinet Committee meeting here on Monday, the chief minister giving details of the package said that a total of 313 Ramzan bazaars will be established across the province where a 10-kg flour bag will be available at Rs300.

Punjab government will provide around Rs3.50 billion subsidy for this, he added. Meanwhile, the implementation of corona SOPs, including observance of social distancing, will be fully ensured.

Usman Buzdar said that agri. fair-price shops will also be established to provide fruits and vegetables at the rates of 2018.

Similarly, besin, dates, dried chickpeas lentils (chana dal) and other items will also be available at the rates of the year 2018, he said.

Meanwhile, sugar will be provided at Rs60 per kg and ghee, chicken and eggs will be sold 10 to 15 rupees less than the market price.

The CM directed to provide maximum relief to the citizens adding that the scope of Sahulat bazaars will be expanded.

He further directed to establish Sahulat Bazaar Authority to provide permanent relief to the consumers from artificial price-hike.

He directed to follow austerity measures while arranging Ramzan bazaars and saved money be utilized for providing relief to the masses.

The poor will be given economic relief at every cost, the CM assured and directed to start Ramzan bazaars from Shaaban 25. I, provincial ministers and secretaries will also visit Ramzan bazaars, he announced.

Provincial ministers Mian Aslam Iqbal, Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dareshk, secretaries of industries, agriculture, food and livestock departments and others attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar ordered crackdown on encroachments, land grabbers, illegal hoarders and profiteers across the province.

He issued these instructions to Chief Secretary, Inspector General of Police and Senior Member Board of Revenue while chairing a high-level meeting held in his office late at night.

On the other hand, CM Usman Buzdar directed strict enforcement of coronavirus related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the province.

In a bid to curb rising coronavirus cases in Punjab, Usman Buzdar has ordered officials to ensure implementation of updated SOPs and said that no compromise can be made on health of masses as it is government’s top priority. He said that police, local administration should enforce updated business hours.

Meanwhile, the CM stated that the facilities of land mutation and fard have been provided in different villages as 107 rural revenue centres have been initiated by the BOR.

Now, the people will avail this facility at the level of the village, he added and directed to make functional 700 more rural revenue centres by the end of this month.

A total of 8000 rural revenue centres will be activated in the province by the end of this year to help the citizens in their revenue matters, he added.

The CM announced to visit rural revenue centres during field inspections adding that 20 mobile units are functional for arazi record in far-flung areas.


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