BAHAWALPUR: Minister for Irrigation Mian Yawar Zaman on Tuesday said that strict action would be taken against black-marketeers and hoarders. The minister was speaking after visiting Ramazan Bazaars set up in the city. He said that the government would not tolerate any negligence towards the provision of reasonably priced quality necessities at Ramazan Bazaars.
Zaman visited Ramazan Bazaars across the district and inspected the prices of the items on sale.
He directed the district officials to control the prices of the commodities for public benefit.
The minister expressed displeasure over the absence of a doctor in the Railway Ramazan Bazaar and directed the authorities to ensure the provision of adequate medical facilities at every Ramazan Bazaar.
He also inspected the moisture content in flour. Yawar directed the officials to maintain adequate stocks of sugar in response to complaints by consumers.
The minister directed price control magistrates to inspect Ramazan Bazaars and other markets on a routine basis. Yawar said that officials should focus their energies towards remedying the problems of the public instead of whiling time away in their offices.
Sugar quota increased
Commissioner Captain Javed Akbar said on Tuesday that the Ramazan Bazaar quota for sugar had been increased from one kilogramme per customer to two kilograms to forestall the possibility of sugar shortages.
Akbar was addressing a meeting convened with regard to Ramazan Bazaars. The commissioner said that stocks of products should be prominently displayed in Ramazan Bazaars.
Akbar said that separate fruit and vegetable stalls should be established in Ramazan Bazaars for the convenience of the customers.
He said that it was Shahbaz Sharif’s earnest desire to provide the public with quality necessities at subsidised rates.
The commissioner said that the government was determined to eradicate hoarding and black-marketing.
The operations of Fair Price Shops and the provision of subsidised products were also reviewed in the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2014.