Minister directs officers for stabilizing edibles prices

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Minister for Industries & Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal expressed strong indignation over increase in the prices of meat, eggs and ginger and admonished the officers of agriculture and livestock departments.
He was chairing the task force for price control meeting at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday to review the prices of essential items in the market. Mian Aslam Iqbal inquired that what steps have been taken by the livestock department to stabilize the prices of meat and eggs in the market. The livestock officials failed to give a reasonable reply and the minister directed to review the policy of storing eggs.
The provincial minister further directed the agriculture department should inform in advance about the situation of agricultural commodities and keep a vigilant eye on the prices of fruits, vegetables, flour and sugar. The line departments should adopt a responsible behaviour to provide necessary relief to the citizens and practical steps should be taken instead of lip service and letter writing, he added. The administration should initiate strict action over violation of government rates.
Mian Aslam also directed to improve the flour supply situation in Khanewal and said that availability of flour should be ensured at shops instead of depending on trucking points.