FAISALABAD - Punjab Minister for Planning and Development Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor said that the provincial government under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif was providing every possible financial relief to the public despite economic constraints.

The minister added that a network of Sasta Ramazan bazaars had been established throughout the province for providing quality essential items to the consumers on subsidized prices during the holy month of Ramazan. He stated this while checking prices of commodities at such bazaar outside Iqbal Stadium and Model Bazaar Jhang Road. The DCO Nasim Sadiq and other officers were also present on the occasion.

The minister said that following the instructions of the CM, the entire administrative machinery of Punjab government was monitoring the Ramazan bazaars. He visited various stalls of fruit, vegetables, grocery and other items and compared their rates with those in general markets. He expressed his satisfaction over the prices and arrangements at the bazaars. He also met with consumers which were shopping in the bazaar and asked them about the relief at these bazaars.

The people thanked the Punjab government for elaborated arrangements of essential items in the bazaars on especially cheaper rates. He directed the district administration to take stern action against profiteers and hoarders to overcome negative trend of profiteering. The minister appreciated the strenuous efforts being made by Faisalabad DCO Naseem Sadiq in this regard. He also directed the management to maintain the quality of essential items and sanitation condition throughout the month. He lauded the arrangements made for the senior citizens and disabled persons at these bazaars.

Later, he visited Model Bazaar Jhang Road and termed it of an international standard bazaar which provides recreational facilities for the families as well. The DCO briefed the minister that as many as 25 such bazaars had been established throughout the district and special arrangements had been made for ensuring the uninterrupted supply of quality commodities. He maintained that proper security arrangements, free parking, medical camps, complaint centres and other necessary facilities had also been provided in these bazaars including regular cleanliness.

He said that 55 Special Price Control Magistrates were checking the prices in the market.