Hoarding and profiteering will not be allowed and those found fleecing the consumers particularly during Ramazan would be dealt with sternly, said Provincial Food Minister Bilal Yasin.

The minister along with Additional Chief Secretary Syed Mubashir Raza, MPA Waheed Gill, Provincial Secretary Livestock Naseem Sadiq, Secretary Industries Javed Qazi and Special Secretary Agricultural Marketing Gulzar Shah visited the Ramazan Bazaar Hafizabad to know the prices and provision of commodities in the bazaar.

He said that Punjab government had provided subsidy at essential commodities’ prices and it was, therefore, imperative for the shopkeepers to facilitate the people to get the commodities at subsidised rates.

He particularly directed a veterinary doctor and DO livestock to ensure provision of hygienic mutton, beef and poultry and warned them that they would be held personally responsible if any complaint was reported in this respect. Earlier, DCO Usman told the visiting minister and the secretary that they had ensured provision of all essential commodities at reasonable rates at the Ramazan bazaar. The minister expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements. However, he directed for further improvement in the provision of all sorts of commodities at cheaper rates.

MAN DROWNS: A youngman lost his life when he drowned in the QB Link Canal while swimming. According to rescue source, Sheraz Akram along with his friends thronged the canal to beat the heat and started swimming and drowned. However, the Rescue-1122 fished out his dead body after half an hour.

Meanwhile, Imran died on-the-spot when he was knocked down by truck (EEP-3922). He was attempting to cross the Pindi Bhattian Road near Kot Mubarik village. The truck driver managed his good escape after the mishap.