Dr Waqar Ch
Lahore—The Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Chief Secretary Punjab to appoint at least 500 Mobile Price Control Magistrates to check prices of edibles in Punjab province during holy month of Ramazan.
Official sources told Pakistan Observer on Tuesday that Chief Secretary has been directed to empower the magistrates or delegate the power of price control magistrates to senior officials of the local government for conducting surprise visit in their respective districts, tehsils and towns to ensure the availability of all edible items at prices fixed by market committees.
The Divisional Commissioners and all District Coordination Officers across Punjab have also been directed to recommend names of officers immediately who are to be empowered as Price Control Magistrate by the Punjab government through a notification.
The Chief Minister has also directed the all Divisional Commissioners and DCOs to set up special price control toll free telephone numbers in their respective divisional and district headquarters for prompt action against over charging and hoarding. These toll free numbers also be made public for the information of people.
It was further directed that responsible officer be made incharge of these compliant centres and who will convene the complaint to concerned mobile team for prompt action on the spot. The Price Control Magistrates will also visit all Ramazan bazar regularly daily in addition to local markets of their jurisdiction.
The Commissioners, DCOs and Assistant Commissioners have also been directed to also conduct at least one visit daily for monitoring the prices of daily edible items. All Price Control Magistrates will submit their daily progress report to their DCOs and ACs concerned.
The DCOs were further directed to actively involve the elected office bearers of local chambers of commerce and industry and Anjuman-i-Tajran for price control.