LAHORE - The Punjab Food Control Authority has constituted special teams to launch crackdown on hoarders, adulterers and profiteers of edible items on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Taking serious notice of price hike of vegetables, pulses and edible items, the chief minister has directed Provincial Food Minister to take necessary steps in order to keep prices within the reach of common man.

Official sources disclosed on Monday that the Chief Minister had also directed Agriculture, Food and Livestock departments to evolve short, medium and long-term planning to maintain stocks of vegetables, pulses, grains etc and stabilise their prices in future.

Sources said it was ironical that hoarders and profiteers were “main hurdle” in the availability of vegetables, pulses and other essential items to people at lower rates.

Meanwhile, Food Minister Bilal Yasin has directed the officers concerned to visit markets on daily basis to ensure cheap availability, stability of prices of vegetables and fruit, and warned that no laxity would be tolerated in this regard.

He also stressed the need for more pro-active approach by District price control committees and said that price control magistrates should ensure sale of essential items at fixed rates and improve performance of market committees.