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Nov 23, 2010
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Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has ordered steps to overcome the scourge of price-hike and ensure the provision of essential items to the common man at reasonable prices.In a meeting held to review the provision of essential items to the people at reasonable prices and evolve a strategy in this regard, he said that those involved in adulteration of medicines and other edibles were criminals and deserved no leniency, ordering action against the black sheep.
Provincial Agriculture Minister Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Members National and Provincial Assembly, the Chief Secretary, the Additional Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Inspector General of Police, the Secretaries Industries, Agriculture, Labour, Health and Law, the Commissioner and the DCO of Lahore, the Vice Chairman Punjab Price Control & Supply Board as well as officials concerned attended the meeting.
The meeting which lasted for three hours reviewed in detail steps to be taken for eradication of illegal profiteering, hoarding, adulteration and controlling prices of daily-use items.
The chief minister directed the chief secretary to immediately formulate a course of action for provision of essential items at reasonable prices to the common man.
He also issued directions to ensure the sale of sugar at Rs.72/- per kg through out the province, ordering strict action against those over-charging and crackdown on hoarders.
Shahbaz Sharif said that the common man was facing serious problems due to price-hike.
The system of price control had become ineffective, encouraging adulteration of essential items, he said.
He said that, rather than criticizing the system, we need to take steps to provide relief to the common man.
He said that the common man rightly questioned the system in which the elite had all facilities and privileges but the poor were deprived of the same.
He said that genuine profit was right of traders but exploitation of consumers would not be allowed at all.
He said that adulteration had also become a menace in the society and rooting out the social evil was the need of the hour.
He said that, during the previous era, vigorous campaign was launched against spurious drugs which had yielded positive results.
He said that those involved in illegal business of spurious drugs were playing with the lives of innocent people, ordering action against those involved in this heinous crime without any discrimination.
He said that the companies having a good repute should be encouraged but the black sheep should be identified and taken strict action against. He said that the agriculture sector was suffering due to load shedding, adding that further burdening the farmers in the present circumstance was not appropriate.
He directed the Secretary Agriculture to contact the federal government for not imposing GST on fertilizers.
Elected representatives, the chief secretary and other participants of the meeting put-forth various proposals with regard to eradication of adulteration and provision of essential items to the people at reasonable prices.
The Lahore commissioner informed the meeting about the details regarding lifting of sugar from Karachi port and its supply to various areas.(Courtesy: The News)