Hundreds of residents of Kasur staged a protest rally against the supply of unhygienic food and skyrocketing increase in the prices of edibles.

A large number of protesters from all walks of life staged the protest and condemned the negligence of the local administration. The protesters were carrying placards and banners on which slogans were written against the local administration.

According to the protesters, the Punjab government had directed the local administration of all the districts that every household item be sold as per the government fixed rates and in this regard shop owners follow the government orders.

However, they added, the shop owners and traders were selling products on their desired rates. They claimed that local administration has failed to control the prices in the district. One of the protesters, Hussain, said that on some places in the district like vegetables market, yogurt is being sold at Rs80 per kg, while rice at Rs140 per kg and pulses are being sold in the range of Rs180 to 200 per kg. The protesters demanded DCO Salman Ghani and the Commissioner should take strict action against the culprits.

GUNNY BAGS ON MERIT: The district administration said that the government would ensure the provision of gunny bags to the farmers on merit and no indolence of any person or institution would be tolerated in this regard.

DCO Salman Ghani was briefing media in his office here the other day. He said that the government has set a target to buy 95 thousands metric ton wheat in the district during the season and all preparations have been made in this regard. He said that for the purchase of wheat, 18 centres in different areas including Kasur, Pattoki, Chunian and Kot Radha Kishan have been established where the farmers would have facilities of drinking water, fans and loud speakers.

He said that centre-coordinators would be present at the centres while police and civil defence personnel would also perform their duty. He said that district administration would provide every possible facility to the farmers for the sale of their wheat. He added that ACs, ADCs and district officers would also be present on the occasion to solve the problems of the farmers.