Zero tolerance for hoarders, profiteers: CM

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed that indiscriminate action should be taken against the profiteers and hoarders. He warned that increase of even a single penny would not be tolerated in the prices of fruits, vegetables and other essential items and their prices should be brought at the level of two months earlier.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review the prices of essential items before Ramazan, here Friday.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said the provision of quality daily use items to the people at fixed prices was the responsibility of the departments concerned and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.

He directed that Food Authority should daily conduct tests of samples for ensuring quality of flour and other items; special attention should be paid to the quality of vegetables, fruits and daily use items. He said the interest of the people was dearer to him and no one would be allowed to exploit them. He said a comprehensive mechanism should be evolved for stabilising the prices of edibles during Ramazan; Commissioners, RPOs, DCOs and DPOs would personally monitor the quality and prices of the edibles in Ramazan Bazaars and submit report daily. He said vegetables and fruits would be available at wholesale rates at agriculture fair price shops, beef and meat would be provided at cheaper rates whereas sugar would be available at Rs45 per kg in Ramazan Bazaars. He warned that strict legal action would be taken against those selling daily use commodities at higher rates. He said district price control committees would monitor the arrangements of Ramazan Bazaars in their respective districts and keep a vigilant eye on the prices and quality of essential items and the arrangements made in the province would be monitored through latest technology.

garments: Shahbaz Sharif has said that government has formed six working groups for the development of garments and textile sectors and increasing exports. He said a project has been evolved to set up Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park near Motorway.

Addressing a meeting held to review the steps taken for development of garments and textile sectors after awarding of GSP Plus status to Pakistan, here Friday, the chief minister said the Punjab government was taking solid steps for the uplift of garments and textile sectors in the wake of awarding of GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union. He said work was in progress on Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park near Motorway where special incentives would be offered to investors for setting up industries. The Punjab government is taking comprehensive measures for development of garments and textile sectors and increase in exports and Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park project is a revolutionary step in this regard. He issued instructions for setting up a business council for the solution of problems of garments and textile sectors. The CM expressed indignation over the delay in the setting up of Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park Company and directed that the company should immediately be got registered and work on the project be started at the earliest. He said delay in the Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park project would not be tolerated and the departments concerned should play an active role for the speedy implementation of the project. (Courtesy: APP)