Published On: Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
Published in Category: Lahore

141 Sastay Sahulat Bazaars established in province: Shahbaz Sharif

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that 141 Sastay Sahulat Bazaars have been established in the province where food items of high quality are available at cheaper rate.

He was presiding over a meeting of the concerned cabinet committee to review prices of essential commodities, here on Tuesday.

He said that implementation of the comprehensive mechanism for controlling prices of daily use items would be continued in future as well while supply of quality essential items to the masses at cheaper rates would be ensured at any cost.

Shahbaz said necessary measures are being taken for keeping the prices of essential items within the reach of the common man and a substantial decrease has been witnessed in the price of essential commodities in the province.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that effective role of elected representatives and administration is of key importance in stabilizing prices of essential commodities; therefore, Punjab government has delegated responsibilities to public representatives and administration to control the rates of daily use items due to which positive results have been achieved and relief has been provided to the people in the real sense.

He said that the masses have high expectations of the government which have to be fulfilled at any cost. He said that members of national and provincial assemblies along with concerned administration should visit markets and bazaars to monitor prices of daily use items as well as the process of their auction and this system should be continued on permanent basis.

The Chief Minister said that elected representatives and district administration showing good performance regarding implementation of price control mechanism would be encouraged and given commendatory certificates while those putting up unsatisfactory performance would be held accountable. The Chief Minister directed that price control magistrates showing inefficiency be removed and announcement of the auction of vegetables in the markets through load speaker be ensured.

He directed that recommendations be evolved for the purpose of legislation for the issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants of the elements involved in profiteering as those selling essential commodities to the citizens at higher than the fixed rates deserve stern punishment rather than any leniency. Shahbaz Sharif said that he has the interest of the people at heart and all possible measures would be taken for its protection.

The Chief Minister further directed that indiscriminate action be taken against those selling water filled meat and setting up of price control committees at town level be considered.

He further directed that planning be made for reviving the system of Dasterkhawans in the province while recommendations be formulated for expanding the scope of model bazaars to more cities.

The Chief Minister directed that a high quality of Atta be ensured throughout the province and stern action be taken against the mills selling substandard flour. He said that the programme of setting up testing lab to check the quality of flour be outsourced. He said that Atta bags of different colors should be introduced for various brands and quality of flour and the name of flour mill, weight, ex-mill rate and retail price be prominently displayed on Atta bags.

He said that in order to provide relief to the common man, special stalls of chicken and eggs would be set up in Sahulat Bazaars where chicken and eggs would be available at less than the market price. He directed that the programme of setting up special stalls of chicken and eggs in Sastay Sahulat Bazaars with the help of poultry association be given a final shape as soon as possible.

He directed that final recommendations be presented in the next meeting with regard to increasing cultivation of pulses while indiscriminate action against the petrol pump owners involved in overcharging be continued. The Chief Minister directed that action be taken against the bazaars set up illegally in various cities.

Provincial Ministers Bilal Yasin, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Muhammad Shafique, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Special Assistant Arshad Jutt, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, secretaries of concerned departments, Commissioner Lahore Division and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
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