Flour, sugar available in abundance in Ramazan bazaars: Minister

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin during a monitoring meeting of Ramazan Package at Civil Secretariat, said that flour and sugar are available in abundance in 318 Ramazan bazaars set up in the province.
He directed district administrations to ensure immediate supply of flour and sugar for last ten days in Ramazan bazaars, as their demand will rise before Eid. He said that the staff of district administrations should prepare 2kg packets of sugar in maximum number so that the fasting people do not have to stand in long queues for the purchase of this item.
Chief Secretary Punjab Capt. (R) Zahid Saeed took notice of the complaint that the people have to get their particulars registered in Ramazan bazaars of Faisalabad and Sumandri for the purchase of sugar. He said that 9452 metric ton sugar has so far been sold on concessionary rate in Ramazan bazaars of the province. He said that government has an equal quantity of sugar in its stock and arrangements have been made for its supply to districts.
The meeting was informed that 6710 shopkeepers involved in overcharging have been arrested in Punjab this year. A fine of Rs. 4,3408,256 has been imposed on traders, retailers, fruit merchants and others for overcharging, short weighing and other offences. Similarly, 4769 FIRs have been got registered against traders during the first 20 days of Ramazan for overcharging.
Moreover, 5,000 shops and stalls have been inspected in open market and Ramazan bazaars during this period. Secretary Food Punjab Dr. Pervaiz Ahmed Khan, Secretary Industry Khalid Sher Dil, Secretary I&C Farasat Iqbal, Secretary Information & Culture Punjab Raja Jahangir Anwar, Special Secretary Agri Marketing Dr. Farah Masood, Special Secretary Chief Minister’s Inspection Team Fazal Abbas and senior officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) continued drive against hoarding and overcharging in Ramazan and conducted raids on 1272 shops across the provincial capital, here on Tuesday. District administration also challaned 74 shop-keepers besides imposing fine worth Rs 104,000 on violators of the Price Act. DCO Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Usman issued directions to the price control officials to continue crackdown against the hoarders and profiteers.

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