Govt to ensure abundant flour, sugar availability in Ramazan bazaars

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In line with the direction of the Prime Minister to provide maximum relief to people during the holy month of Ramazan, the Punjab government would provide sugar at a discounted price of Rs 70 per kilogram in Ramzan bazaars across the province from Sunday.

Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal presided over a meeting at the Civil Secretariat to review the implementation of the Ramzan package, wheat procurement campaign, and measures to curb smuggling.

The Chief Secretary directed the officers to ensure abundant availability of 10-kilogram flour bags at the rate of Rs 400 throughout the province. He mentioned that providing maximum relief to people during the month of Ramzan is a priority, adding that the prices of essential commodities should be checked in the open market regularly.

Kamran Afzal asked the relevant authorities to continue measures to control the smuggling of wheat and fertilizer and focus on monitoring of supplies of food items, especially fruits and vegetables ahead of Eid.

He also lauded the performance of deputy commissioners in the wheat procurement drive.

The divisional commissioners gave a detailed briefing to the meeting through a video link. The meeting was informed that flour and sugar were available in abundance in all the districts. The number of check-posts in bordering districts has been increased to curb the smuggling of wheat and fertilizer.

The administrative secretaries of industries, food, information, director-general public relations, cane commissioner Punjab, and officers concerned attended the meeting while all the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners participated through video link.

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