LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, taking serious notice of exorbitant prices of the vegetables, pulses and other edibles of daily use, has directed the authorities concerned to take all necessary steps to keep the prices of the items of the daily use accessible to a common man.
Chief Minister urged the authorities to implement the price control mechanism at the all cost.
Shahbaz Sharif said here on Wednesday that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the availability of the standard daily user items to the people at the cheaper rates and in the required quantity.
He said that Punjab is an agricultural province and is meeting 70 percent food requirements of the country.
He directed the concerned authorities to daily visit the markets and monitor the prices of the items of the daily use being sold in the markets and ensure the stability in the prices.
He further said that no negligence and slackness on the part of the administration would be tolerated and increase in the prices of the vegetables, pulses and other items of the daily use would not be accepted at any cost.
Chief Minister directed the authorities of the food department to take every possible step for stabilizing the prices of the flour. He directed to immediately make the complaints cells functional and awareness campaign should also be launched in this regard.
Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif said that culprits behind the Rawalpindi incident deserve exemplary punishment.
Chairing a meeting held at the Punjab House Islamabad on Wednesday, he expressed firm resolve to bring perpetrators of the heinous crime to task, saying that they deserve severe punishment.
Inspector General of Punjab Police Khan Baig briefed on the incident which was attended by Punjab Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Environment Minister Colonel (retd) Shujja Khanzada and officials of provincial law enforcement agencies.
Stressing the need for greater unity among all segments of the society, Shahbaz Sharif said the country’s future depends on internal unity and promoting the culture of harmony and co-existence.
He urged all segments of the society to forge unity among their ranks to counter nefarious designs of the anti social elements. The Chief Minister appreciated Ulema and Mashaikh for playing their role in defusing tension which emerged after the Ashura incident.