Lahore—Chief Secretary Punjab Capt (R) Zahid Saeed has directed that Ramzan bazaars be set up in the province from June 3 and effective steps be taken for monitoring the quality, supply and prices of eatables during the holy month of Ramzan so that relief could be provided to the people in the real sense.
He was addressing a high-level meeting regarding Ramzan Package at Civil Secretariat here on Friday. The Chief Secretary said that under the Punjab government’s Ramzan package flour, sugar, pulses, ghee, vegetables and fruits will be available at concessionary rates during the holy month. He directed the authorities concerned to ensure supply of fruits, vegetables and other items during Ramzan-ul-Mubarak so that there should be no shortage of any item. He said that all concerned departments should make every effort for providing fruits of Ramzan package to the people. Capt ( r) Zahid Saeed warned that strict action will be taken against hoarders and profiteers.
The Secretary Industries, in his briefing, told the meeting that 350 Ramzan Bazaars will be set up throughout the province. He said that Agriculture Department will establish fair price shops in these Ramzan bazaars. He mentioned that 1642 Price Control Magistrates will be deputed for monitoring prices. He said that that 2000 Madni Dastarkhawan will also be set up during Ramazan-ul-Mubarak in the province to provide facility of Iftaar.
Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin, Minister for Industry Chaudhry Shafiq, Addl. Chief Secretary Shumail Ahad Khwaja, secretaries of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Commissioner Lahore Division, and other senior officers attended the meeting.