LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that people cannot be left at the mercy of hoarders and provision of sugar at the fixed rate will be ensured.

He said that interests of the poor consumers will be safeguarded at all costs and government will fulfill all its responsibilities in this regard.

He was addressing a high level meeting held to review measures taken against the elements involved in the hoarding of sugar as well as establishment of Ramazan Bazaars in the province.

He directed authorities concerned to bring the confiscated sugar stocks in the market and sell them at reasonable rate.

The CM said Ramazan Bazaars have been established in order to provide quality edibles at affordable rates during Ramazan. He said that a special cell has been set up at provincial level for keeping an eye on prices while responsibilities have been assigned to provincial ministers as well as secretaries for monitoring the prices in various districts.

Minister for Food Malik Nadeem Kamran, Addl. Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Secretary Food, Secretary Industries, Commissioner Lahore and other officers concerned were present on the occasion.

Shahbaz said the sole objective of the crackdown against hoarders of sugar was to ensure its easy availability to the common man at a reasonable rate. He clarified that the crackdown was not against small dealers and sugar mill owners but the elements involved in hoarding. He said the crackdown will continue till the recovery of the last grain of hoarded sugar.

He said that arrangements have been finalized for the sale of sugar in Ramzan Bazaars at the rate of Rs40 per kg.

Earlier, Addl Chief Secretary and Secretary Food gave a detailed briefing. The meeting was informed that there was no restriction on inter-district movement of wheat, however, sale and transportation of Atta bags prepared for Ramazan Bazaars in the open market was banned.

Land record computerisation to bring transparency: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that completion of land record computerisation project will facilitate the people in acquiring record of their properties while forgery in the registration of properties would also be eliminated.

He was presiding over a high level meeting at Chief Minister’s Secretariat to review the pace of implementation of land record computerisation project.

The CM said the project was pending since long and the government has taken up the responsibility of its early completion so that people could rid of the existing obsolete system of land record and the role of Revenue Department officials could also be minimised.

Shahbaz said for maintaining complete transparency in the project, Revenue Department officials will be selected after thorough scrutiny for the transition period for the data-entry of revenue record while later services of hardworking and talented persons would be hired from the market.

He said that land record of all districts and tehsils of Punjab will be computerised under the project.

Earlier, Senior Member Board of Revenue and Project Director gave a briefing regarding the pace of implementation of the project.

The meeting was informed that the process of data-entry was being completed expeditiously and it would be completely outsourced. It was further informed that service centers would be set up at tehsil and sub-tehsil levels while setting up of mobile teams for far-flung areas was also being considered.

The meeting was informed that Commissioners would act as Divisional Project Coordinators while District Officer (Revenue) have been made District Project Manager of the project.

Shahbaz seeks traders’ help to check price hike: Shahbaz Sharif has said that time has come for traders and businessmen to display a spirit of sacrifice for reducing the burden of price-hike on the poor.

Though the earning of legitimate profit is the right of traders and the business community, however, exploitation of the poor people cannot be allowed, he said in a statement.

The chief minister said that industrialists and businessmen have played a commendable role in national development and in the promotion of economic activities, but determining of their share and profit unilaterally can tarnish their image and lower their esteem in the society.

He said that those who desire for excessive profit and remain unmindful to the miseries of the poor should not forget that they are promoting such traditions of cruelty and injustice in the society, which could ultimately engulf anyone.

Source: The Post