LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday unveiling special Ramazan package announced to provide quality edibles at subsidised rates during the holy month of Ramazan under which 10-kg flour bag would be available at Rs230 in Ramazan Bazaars.

A subsidy of Rs four billion would be given to ensure provision of essential items at concessionary rates whereas as many as 322 Ramazan Bazaars would be set up across the province, the chief minster said while presiding over a high-level meeting held at his Minar-e-Pakistan Tent Office on Tuesday.

The chief minister said every Ramazan Bazaar would have a fair price shop to provide pulses, vegetables and fruits at 15 per cent less than the market price. Similarly, essential items at subsidised rates would also be made available in all districts of the province for which fair price shops would be established in consultation with local traders.

He informed that a central monitoring room would be established for the stability of prices and supply of essential items at concessionary rates in the province. He said the 10 model bazaars already set up in different cities, would be transformed into Ramazan Bazaars.

He directed that negotiations should be held with sugar mills owners, regarding provision of sugar to the people at cheaper rate while talks should also be held with the poultry association to ensure provision of chicken at Rs 10 less than the open market. He also asked the officials to take effective steps to control profiteering, hoarding and short-measuring. He further directed to arrange maximum number of ‘Dastarkhawan’ throughout the province.

Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mahmood Khosa informed the meeting that supply of sufficient quantity of pulses and other essential items had been ensured. The secretary industries informed that about 1,312 price magistrates had been deputed to monitor prices of essential items, and to keep an eye on profiteers. He further informed that 843 ‘Ramazan Dastarkhawan’ would be arranged where the fasting people would have the facility of free Aftari.

The secretary food told the meeting that a latest system of monitoring had been evolved to ensure supply of flour to the market from the flour mills whereas subsidised Atta in bags of specific colour would be made available at Ramazan Bazaars and open market. The secretary labour apprised the meeting that a special campaign was in progress for the last one month to check weight and measures and this process would continue during the Ramazan on daily basis.

Provincial Ministers, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Iqbal Chunnar, Advisors Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz, Khawaja Salman Raifq, Mansha Ullah Butt, Members National and Provincial Assembly, IG Police and Secretaries of various departments attended the meeting.

Also, Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government was implementing a number of revolutionary programmes to bring up talents of the students as well as to introduce them with the worldwide experiences in the field of education.

The CM said which while receiving the boy and girl students on the return home from the study tour of European universities, at Allama Iqbal International Airport, early Tuesday morning.

While talking to the students, the chief minister expressed hoped that the knowledge and experiences gained from the European universities, and other educational institutions would not only prove beneficial to them in academic field but in their practical life as well.