Punjab Chief Minister Inspection Team memeber’s Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinoti has said that the provincial government is determined to provide relief to the masses by bringing down the prices of essential commodities to a reasonable level.

He made a surprise visit to the fruit and vegetable market and Sasta Bazaars here the other morning. He directed the district administration that those found fleecing the consumers should be dealt with iron hand.

He said that the departments concerned should also work hard to bring down prices of vegetables, fruits, pulses and other items for the benefit of the citizens.

He disclosed that special desks had been constituted in all the district and Tehsil Headquarters for ensuring redressal of public complaints regarding overcharging or artificial scarcity particularly at Sasta Bazaars.

Earlier, AC Umar Farooq Warraich briefed him that the local administration had made all possible measures to provide essential commodities at cheaper rates.

CASH, VALUABLES LOOTED: Three dacoits looted cash, cellphones and other valuables from different people here the other night.

The dacoits set up a picket on Mangat Neecha Road in the limits of the Saddr Police. They snatched cash, cellphones and other valuables from various passersby including Zaheer Ababs, Zia Abbas and Zahid of Bhirri Shah Rehman.  They said that the bandits had also deprived a number of other villagers at the same point. The Saddr Police have registered a case.

Sports Festival first phase from 23rd: DCO Mansoor Qadir has said that first phase of Sports Festival at village and Mohallah level will be started across the district from December 23, under the Punjab Youth and Sports Festival Programme.

The DCO announced this while chairing a meeting which was attended among others by DPO Muhammad Zubair Dareshak, District Officer (Cord) Noman Hafeez, District Sports Officer Majid Ali to finalise the plan to hold the festival.

The DCO said that the Punjab government was providing all sorts of facilities to the sportsmen to show their talents and to provide recreational facilities to the public.

On the occasion, the DO Sports briefed the meeting that the registration of players for first phase would be completed by December 21 and Sports and Youth Development Councils have been constituted at mohallah and village level. He said that the players should contact their union council secretaries for their registration.

Grant distributed to workers: DCO Mansoor Qadir has stressed the need for technical education, terming it prerequisite for eliminating unemployment and poverty. Addressing the workers and students in the Crescent Bahu Maan Mills Pindi Bhattian, he said that the Punjab government had made comprehensive policy for the welfare of workers and their children.

He said that workers play pivotal role in strengthening the economy of the country and no institution of government could ignore their welfare. On the occasion, he distributed cheques of Rs79,30,000 as marriage grant and Rs2,58,275 as educational scholarship to the sons/daughters of workers of the mill.

District Office Labour Ghulam Shabbir Kalyar told the DCO that in the current year, the department had provided Rs15 million as marriage grant and Rs3.9 million as scholarship to the sons/daughters of workers in the district, while six students had been provided admission in the FAST University.