The Chief secretary of Punjab has instructed that the Tiger Force would be used for the price-control measures by offering them the responsibility of keeping a check on the rate lists and prices at the shops and for reporting violations, in case of any to the administration.
As per reports, CS Jawad Rafique Malik gave the direction at a meeting at his office on Monday where he was briefed that 171 Sahulat Bazaar facilities had been made functional across the province to ensure availability of essential commodities, especially flour and sugar, at the officially-fixed prices.The geotaging of these bazaars had also been completed in 25 districts, the CS was told.
While speaking at the meeting, Mr. Malik said the setting up of the Sahulat Bazaars was aimed to provide maximum relief to the common man. He said the chief minister seeks reports on price control on a per day basis.
He directed increase in the number of Sahulat Bazaars in Lahore and other major cities, besides ensuring the availability of flour, sugar, and other eatables at discounted rates there.
He further said that a report regarding the sale of essential items, especially flour and sugar, in Sahulat bazaars be sent to him daily.He also asked the officers to keep a check on the prices, demand and supply of food items in the open market as well and increase inspections. He said in order to control prices, it was important to get on time information about demand and supply situation, and production of agricultural commodities, including fruits and vegetables. He said the agriculture and other provincial departments concerned would have to play an active role in this regard.
The meeting was also attended by administrative secretaries of relevant departments, including industries, agriculture, and food, Lahore commissioner, and special branch additional IG.
The divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners participated via video link.