MULTAN - Punjab Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh has said that the provincial government has provided Rs4 billion subsidy for Ramazan Bazaars and monitoring committees are formed to ensure good quality and low prices of items at 322 bazaars across the province.

He observed this while inspecting Ramazan Bazaars in Rajanpur, Jampur and Rojhan areas on Sunday. He added that fair price shops would be set up in these bazaars where plenty of dates, rice, pulses, vegetables and fruits would be placed at beautiful stalls for sale. He directed officials concerned to ensure cleanliness at the bazaars and make security foolproof.

He asked the livestock officials to take necessary steps for ensuring sufficient quantity of meat at the bazaars. He also directed the Labour Department to deploy officials at the bazaars to end less weighing and overcharging. He asked the shopkeepers to display their rate lists at visible places. He said that the Punjab Government had made price magistrates functions and the rights of consumers would be protected at all costs.

Meanwhile, chairing a meeting of irrigation officials, the provincial minister stressed upon them to take all out steps to ensure supply of water to the farmers at the tale. He asked them to take stern action against water thieves and such officials of the department who facilitated them.

Step to stop cattle smuggling lauded: An NGO Ravi Foundation welcomed the Federal government’s step for the setting up a checkpost at Attock Bridge to stop animal smuggling.

In a statement, Ravi foundation Director Ashfaq Fateh said that the animals had been smuggled to other countries for the last many years, which had been a great loss to the country.

The Animal Rights Organisation had been demanding the government to take serious steps to stop smuggling and protect the animals’ lives. The animal friendly organisations were thankful to the federal government for their timely action to stop it. “The decision shall create a good name of Pakistan among International Community”, he added.