ISLAMABAD - A meeting of Islamabad Consumer Protection Council was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of council chairman Raja Muhammad Aslam, ex-food secretary of Punjab. The members of the council attended the meeting, including representatives of consumers associations, wholesale dealers of fruit and Vegetables, flour millers, representatives of various ministries and officials of ICT administration, director admin Ch Muhammad Ali, Addl; Deputy Commissioner (G) Rana Akbar Hayat and district food controller Islamabad. Addressing the meeting, chairman council Raja Muhammad Aslam said that the Islamabad Consumer Protection Council has been set up to protect the interest of the consumers. He said that the council would play an effective role to address the complaints of the consumer's vis-a-vis quality and prices of food items including the quality and prices of medicines. It was decided in the meeting that in the wake of upcoming Ramazan, the council would ensure provision of kitchen items, including atta, ghee, pulses, fruit and vegetables at the reduced rates to provide relief to the common man. It was also decided that the council would exercise strict vigil on the prices and quality of medicines and concrete steps would be taken against the spurious and expired medicines. It was also decided that the ICT administration would ensure balance in the supply and demand of food commodities during the month of Ramadan to ensure the smooth availability of food items to the consumers. The meeting also decided that Deputy Commissioner Islamabad would hold special meeting in a short period of time to ensure the smooth availability of Atta at the control rate during the month of Ramazan. The meeting also decided that District Attorney and District Food Controller ICT would prepare a booklet for dissemination among the consumers with a view to create awareness among the general public regarding protection of the rights of the consumers. The Consumers Protection Council has further appealed to the wholesale dealers to keep their profit margin at the minimum level for providing relief to the consumers especially during the month of Ramazan. It was also decided that rules with regard to consumers protection council would be finalized in the short time and would be sent to the Ministry of Interior for approval and the council would be made fully activated in the coming days to ensure the protection of the interests of the consumers.