LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government has taken special steps for the provision of quality daily use items to the people at reasonable rate during Ramazan and a subsidy of Rs3.5billion is being given on flour.

In a message to the elected representatives, the chief minister said that effective and continuous monitoring was essential for achieving the desired results of the setting up of Ramazan Bazaars.

“It is lamentable that some traders, shopkeepers and other persons cause problems to the people through illegal profiteering in their lust for wealth. Ramazan Bazaars have been set up throughout the province for providing relief to the masses by saving them from profiteering,” the CM held.

All provincial ministers and secretaries were visiting Ramazan Bazaars under a fixed programme during Ramazan so as to ensure that food items are available to the common man at reasonable rate. He said that he was also paying surprise visits to different Ramazan Bazaars for this purpose.

The chief minister said that as elected representatives of the people, he expected from assembly members that they would play an active role with the help of concerned district administrations for the provision of quality edible items to the masses at cheaper rate. He said that it was the right to earn profit but exploitation of the people could not be allowed through illegal profiteering.

Shahbaz Sharif said that elected representatives besides keeping a watchful eye on the elements involved in hoarding of essential items, should personally monitor the quality of daily use items in Sastay Ramazan Bazaars and Sunday Bazaars as well as extend all out cooperation for the success of Madani Dastarkhawan set up at various places in their areas for providing facility of Aftari to the poor.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting in which matters regarding route of Orange Line Metro Train and supply of electricity to the project were reviewed. PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Kh Ahmed Hassan, Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Managing Director NTDC, Managing Director NESPAK, LESCO authorities besides senior officials attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif directed that Punjab government, Lesco, NTDC and concerned authorities should evolve a roadmap with mutual consultation for the supply of electricity to Orange Line Metro Train Project as uninterrupted power supply is essential for this mega project. He said that Orange Line Metro Train is a splendid project for welfare of the people and will result in provision of safe, economical and speedy transport facility to the masses.