HAFIZABAD – The Market Committee reportedly fixed the rates of daily use items lower than usual prices ahead of the visit of Senior Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa to a Ramazan bazaar here on Tuesday.

During his visit, the adviser said that the federal government had failed to provide relief to the public, and added that due to loadshedding, the national economy has been destroyed.

“Because of the outages, industrial production has come to lowest ebb and unemployment increased,” the senior adviser said while talking to the media after visiting a Ramazan bazaar in the city. He said that the federal government was wasting national exchequer and provided employment to their blue-eyed persons. He said that the PPP provided gas in different villages in Multan to win the by-election. He dispelled the impression that PML-N had made alliance with the PTI in NA-151 by-poll. He said that his party had no alliance with the PTI.

He said that the provincial government had provided Rs4 billion subsidy for provision of wheat flour and sugar. Accompanied by Punjab Food Director Najam Ahmad Shah, Additional Secretary (Agriculture) Bilal Ahmad Butt, MNA Saira Afzal Tarar, MPA Asadullah Arian, DCO M Asif, Khosa said that the provincial government was determined to provide essential commodities particularly flour and sugar at the lowest possible rates.  He was pleased to see that most of the commodities were being sold at cheaper rates in the bazaars than those at the markets. Rates of some commodities were: dates Rs180 to Rs200 per kg, mangoes Rs65 to 80 a kg, banana Rs135 per dozen, apple Rs180 to 200 per kg, grapes Rs190 to 200 a kg, onion 25, potato 43, Tomato 54 while green chilies at Rs52 per kg.

DASTARKHAWAN OPENS: Serving the needy and the poor is a great worship and those serve in the sacred month would get the blessing of Almighty Allah, DCO M Asif said while inaugurating an Iftar Dastarkhawan.

It is being arranged by local journalists and businessmen Rana Muhammad Siddique and Rana Muhammad Arshad Anjum. The DCO praised the local philanthropists for caring the poor and arranging 29 Sehr and Iftar Dastarkhawans and urged others to follow them. He said that 5,000 sacks of 10 kg and 269 sacks of 20 Kg wheat flour have been purchased during the first three days of holy month by the administration here for selling at subsidised rates.