Sahulat bazaars have been set up with the aim to providing relief to the masses and ensure smooth supply of quality daily-use items at subsidised rates, said Punjab Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema here the other day.

Visiting the Sahulat bazaar, the Chief Secretary directed the authorities concerned to ensure availability of quality foodstuff at fixed rates.

Acting Commissioner Zahid Saleem Gondal, DCO Usman Moazzam and DPO Rana Ayyaz Saleem was also present on the occasion.

He said that on the direction of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, about 141 Sasta Sahulat Bazaars have been established across the province where food items of high quality were available at cheaper rate.

He said that negligence on part of district administration officials would not be tolerated.

He said that the Punjab government was trying hard to control inflation, and Sahulat bazaars had provided relief to the masses. He said that special attention should be paid to cleanliness at the bazaars, and that in case of any complaint about the quality or prices of vegetables and fruits, swift action should be taken by the officers concerned.

He said that hoarders and profiteers of essential items would not be spared at any cost.

Later, addressing a meeting, the Chief Secretary said that effective role of elected representatives and administration was of key importance in stabilising prices of essential commodities; therefore, Punjab government had delegated responsibilities to public representatives and administration to control the rates of daily use items.