SARGODHA / JHANG / BAHAWALPUR: The Rs5 billion Ramazan Package announced by the provincial government would provide consumers immense relief during the month of Ramazan, Minister for Cooperatives Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar said on Monday.
“The government has worked out a systematic framework to regulate and lower prices of basic commodities.” He said 300 Ramazan Bazaars and 25 Ramazan Model Bazaars had been established in the province where sugar, ghee, chicken, fruits and vegetables were being sold at discounted rates.
Sargodha Additional District Collector Farooq Rasheed Sandhu said 360 shops had been set up at 12 Ramazan Bazaars in Sargodha district to facilitate people in the district. He said 20 shops and 14 fair price shops had been established at Shaheen Chowk near the TMA office, 50 shops had been set up near Tahli Chowk in New Satellite Town and 35 shops had been set up near Happy Time Marriage Hall. He said 25 shops had been established at Bhagatan Wala, 45 shops and seven fair price shops at Bhera, 40 shops and seven fair price shops at the Bhalwal main bazaar, 40 shops and five fair price shops at Kot Momin near the TMA office, 35 shops and six fair price shops in Shahpur tehsil and 30 shops in Jhawarian. He said 25 shops and three fair price shops had been set up in Sahiwal tehsil, 45 shops and five fair price shops in Sillanwali tehsil. He said control rooms had been established at tehsil offices to monitor the bazaars. “There would be no compromise on the quality of food items sold at these shops. Strict action would be taken against any shopkeepers found violating regulations.”
Faisalabad Commissioner Momin Ali Agha visited Ramazan bazaars at Zail Ghar and Satellite Town on Monday. He directed the district administration to ensure complete implementation of the Ramazan Package.
The government has set up Ramazan Bazaars with the singular objective of providing the masses relief. “We want to provide people high quality food at reasonable rates under one roof.”
He inspected the quality and rates of commodities sold at Ramazan Bazaars and directed those in charge to install rate lists at all shops.
The Faisalabad district police have chalked out a security plan for Ramazan. Under the plan, more than 3,000 policemen and volunteers would be deputed at various sensitive locations in the city.
CPO Afzaal Kausar said on Monday that security would be provided at 682 mosques in the district during taraveeh.
The police force deputed for security during Ramazan includes 20 inspectors, 13 DSPs and five SPs, he said. He said more than 500 policemen and 11 teams of Elite Force will patrol the streets during sehar, iftar and taraveeh in various parts of the district.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2016.