BAHAWALPUR/MANDI

BAHAUDDIN

People continued to suffer due to shortage of cooking oil and ghee in the market as Ghee Mills have stopped supply, making people to demand the government launch a stringent crackdown on the millers to bring the situation to normalcy. On the other hand, wholesalers claimed the millers were not supplying ghee and cooking oil despite receiving payments in advance.

As per details, since the Punjab government has reduced the price of ghee and cooking oil by Rs15 per kilogram and subsequently issued a notification in this regard, an artificial shortage of ghee and oil has hit the market and the wholesalers are selling the commodity at Rs160 per kg.

Retailers namely Farhan and Rehan told the media that they could not sell the ghee and oil on reduced rates because they had purchased it on higher prices, adding that certain Ghee Mills working in Bahawalpur district had restrained supply of oil and ghee despite notification of the provincial government. They informed that they had deposited payments to the ghee and cooking oil manufacturers in advance, but could not get supply so far as a result there was severe shortage of the commodity in the city.

They said that the Punjab government should take serious action against Ghee Mills owners rather than taking action against the retailers so that oil to ensure the sale of ghee and oil on the price fixed by the government.

In Mandi Bahauddin, the traders and utility store branches have not been implementing directives of the District Government regarding Rs15 per kg reduction in the price of Banaspati Ghee and cooking oil, blatantly defying the Punjab govt notification.

When asked manager of a utility store branch, said that he did not receive any instructions regarding sale of ghee and cooking oil at reduced rate.   To a question, the manager who wished not to be named, claimed that customers did not raise any objection to the sale of ghee and cooking oil at the old rate.

In open market, traders also continued selling ghee and oil at the old rate, putting a question mark on the performance of the departments supposed to get implemented the government directives. Advocate Ashfaq Abbas Raan stressed that the government should get its directive implemented for giving benefit to public. It is only farmers and labourers who are coerced to obey orders of government while traders’ communities privileged classes of people feel free to defy government, he criticized.

hIRING ON 100s of

vacant IUB posts

Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Qaiser Mushtaq has asked the district administration to start recruitment on hundreds of teaching and non-teaching posts lying vacant at IUB since 2012.

According to the university sources, the university had advertised hundreds of teaching and non-teaching vacancies during the recent years but kept pending resulting in serious shortage of administrative and teaching staff causing disappointment among thousands of job seekers.

The university has received around 40,000 applications for posts from grade 1 to 15 and more than 47,000 applications for grade 16 and above posts. Similarly, 13,00 candidates applied for various teaching posts. The university administration has started scrutiny of job applications; arrangements are being made for written test and interviews on urgent basis.

The vice chancellor said productive work force guarantees success of organisations. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the important task neglected since many years.