Our staff correspondent
Lahore:Chief Secretary Punjab Yousaf Naseem Khokhar on Tuesday paid surprise visits to Ramazan bazaars in the city, heard complaints of consumers and issued directions for resolving their problems. The Chief Secretary accompanied by Commissioner Lahore Division Mujtaba Piracha reviewed quality, demand and supply, prices of commodities and other arrangements in Ramazan bazaars of Islampura, Gulshan Ravi, and Wahdat Colony. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary said that officers would have to work hard for making Ramazan bazaars beneficial for people in real sense. He mentioned all officers have been assigned duties regarding visits to Ramazan bazaars, warning that negligence would not be tolerated in any case. He asked the officers to pay surprise visits to Ramazan bazaars to ensure best arrangements, adding that performance in this regard would be reviewed on a daily basis.
The Chief Secretary said that the Punjab government is giving huge subsidy on selected eatables to provide relief to people during the holy month. He ordered that as well as prices strict check also be kept on quality, demand and supply to avoid shortage of any commodity.
He said that number of price control magistrates has been increased in the province to ensure availability of daily-use items at fixed price in open market like Ramazan bazaars. He also issued directions regarding display of rate lists at shops, saying that price control measures would continue till after Ramazan.