LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the motive behind establishment of Sasta Ramazan Bazaar is to provide relief to common man in the real sense.

Addressing a meeting at Civil Secretariat through video link on Saturday, the chief minister said that political and administrative machinery of Punjab has been activated for providing fruits of Ramazan package to common man due to which quality edible items are available to the people at cheaper rates.

“Just like previous years, the Punjab government this year has given Ramazan package of billions of rupees during Ramazan-ul-Mubarik, under which quality items are being provided at cheaper rates in Ramazan bazaars set up across the province,” he added.

Shahbaz Sharif directed the provincial ministers, advisers, special assistants, secretaries and concerned officials to continue visits to Ramazan bazaars regularly for ensuring relief to the people during Ramazan, ordering that a report should also be submitted on daily basis.

He said that the Ramazan bazaars are not for elite rather common man, middle class and lower middle class people come for purchasing, therefore, we have to keep their interest dear.

Shahbaz Sharif said that he was personally monitoring arrangements made in Ramazan bazaars, assuring no one would be allowed to play with the interest of the people and exploit them through profiteering.

The chief minister also appreciated performance of the Cabinet Committee for Price Control on making best arrangements in Ramazan bazaars, saying that we have to serve the masses with same spirit and provide facilities to them.

Announcing abolishing the condition of showing identity card on purchasing sugar in Ramazan bazaars, Shahbaz said that the Punjab government has made arrangements more than previous year for providing relief to the people under Ramazan package.

Separately, a German delegation led by Ambassador Dr Syrill Nunn called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday and discussed different projects particularly of gas power plants in Punjab.

Talking to the delegation, Shahbaz Sharif said that the best trade and friendly relations exist between Pakistan and Germany. “Germany is an important trade partner of Pakistan,” he held, adding that trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Germany have improved in recent years and friendship contacts between both the countries are further strengthening.

Referring to the energy crisis in the country, the chief minister said that government is taking steps expeditiously for coping with energy crisis being faced by the country. With regard to gas-based energy projects, Shahbaz Sharif told the delegation that a programme of generating 3600 megawatt electricity through gas has been evolved in Punjab.

He said that Punjab government will set up 1200MW while federal government 2400MW projects through gas and all preliminary preparations have been completed in this regard. He said that Germany has special expertise in setting up projects of electricity through gas and solar and German technology is an admitted fact in this regard.

The chief minister said that 3600MW gas-based electricity projects will start production by 2017. He said that all energy projects are being completed speedily and in a highly transparent manner and these projects will start generating electricity by the end of 2017.

The German delegation expressed its willingness for working with Punjab in energy sector. They said that Shahbaz Sharif and his entire team are working with devotion and commitment and they will extend all possible cooperation to Punjab government in energy sector. The delegation included President International Energy Company Achim Kawert, Guenter Zwicki and other senior officials. Provincial Minister for Minerals Sher Ali Khan, Chairman Punjab Power Development Company Ch. Arif Saeed, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Secretaries Energy, Agriculture, Minerals and concerned officials were also present on the occasion.

Nobel number plates



The Punjab government has started the process of making the number plates on the vehicles a mean to promote philanthropic and national cause in addition to introducing the persons of repute to the masses.

Through the legislation, the government has approved that green space spared for the wheat spike on the number plates will be sold out to the organisations engaged with noble causes, like fight against fatal diseases, illiteracy, social backwardness, in order to facilitate them convey their message of awareness to the larger range of masses. They would be allowed to put their motto on the green space on the number plates.

Following a procedure, the government through the Excise and Taxation Department will introduce two types of number plates. The specialty plates would contain imagery of causes and personalities. These plates would be provided to vehicle owner after they are satisfied that they are carrying a genuine cause which falls in line with the Punjab government policy and that of paying tribute to the personalities which have national statures and those who excelled in arts and literature. Their promotion on the roads will serve a national cause and augment the efforts to introduce them to the new generation.

The government has also legalised customised number plates i.e. alpha number text on licence plates. This text is screened thoroughly so that nothing offensive or improper is displayed on the plates. These plates are targeted at socially conscious individual, as opposed to status conscious. This measure will generate revenue for the government but no decision has yet been made as to the quantum of fees which however will be at an affordable price.

The said measure is a part of the comprehensive reform policy of motor vehicle and transport which are already going on through motor registration, token tax stickers, standardised licence plates and others citizen friendly initiatives more for the welfare of the people than the revenue generation.