Lahore—A meeting to monitor the arrangements in the Ramazan bazaars set up in the province of Punjab, on daily basis, was held today under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja.
The meeting expressed its satisfaction over the fact that the public complaints regarding violation of rules and regulations and procedures to implement the general subsidy on edibles remained minimal and the supply position during the first half of Ramazan ul Mubarak was also abundance except at some places where people complained about less governmental control in the open markets where the rates had been marginally more than that of in Ramazan bazaars.
Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja directed the administration to focus on eliminating profiteering in the open markets and asked all the District Coordination Officers to convene immediate meetings of District Price Control Committees before the end of second ashra of Ramazan ul Mubarak so that the price situation in the open markets can be reviewed and rationalize if necessary.
The meeting was told that the Labour Department as well as Industries Department have tightened the checking mechanism of weighing and measuring instruments and scales being used by the shopkeepers both in Ramazan bazaars and open markets. DCO Lahore Capt Retd. Muhammad Usman Yousaf informed the meeting that the district administration of Lahore had initiated legal action against more than 30 thousand shopkeepers involved in criminal short-measuring.
Secretary Food Punjab Dr. Pervaiz Ahmed Khan informed the meeting that this year, during the first fortnight of Ramazan ul Mubarak, 6289279 kg fruit and vegetables have been purchased by the common fasting people which is doubled than that of sold during the same period last year. MPA Waheed Gull, Secretary Industries Khalid Sher Dil, Secretary Information & Culture Raja Jehangir Anwar, Special Secretary Agri Marketing Dr. Mrs. Farah Masood and Director General Industries Khalid Saleem also presented their reports based on the data regarding effectiveness of governmental measures to provide relief to the citizens during the holy month of Ramazan ul Mubarak.