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04/08/20

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to run an effective campaign against artificial price-hike and hoarding by activating price control committees at the district level. In a circular to provincial minister and head of price control taskforce Aslam Iqbal and chief secretary, the CM directed that the price control committees be activated and provision of essential items be ensured at fixed rates. He ordered the district price control committees to keep strict vigilance of the essential items' rates and further directed that a vigilant eye be kept on hoarders. Similarly, the price control task force should devise effective steps to solve the artificial price-hike issue. The CM reiterated that people cannot be left at the mercy of hoarders and added that any negligence will not be tolerated by him. I will personally monitor action against artificial price-hike, hoarding and illegal profiteering as these are an enemy of the society as well as the law, he said. I will personally check the rates of essential items through surprise monitoring and no one will be forgiven if negligence is proved, he warned. Meanwhile, a meeting of the provincial price control task force has been called to review the steps for providing relief to the masses.

04/08/20

A traders and industrialists delegation led by President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Irfan Iqbal met with Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office here on Tuesday and discussed the problems being faced by the business community. The CM assured to solve their problems on a priority basis and reiterated the PTI government is business-friendly and urgent steps will be taken for the solution of their problems. My office is always open to you and instructions will be issued, today, for the solution of problems pertaining to industries, labour, social security departments, police and administration, he said. He maintained that lockdown was imposed before Eid ul-Azha in the larger public interest and its already ended three days earlier. More businesses will be unlocked under SOPs to boost economic activities but the businesses included in the negative list will, so far, remain closed, he added. The CM explained that all the decisions will be made in consultation with the stakeholders adding that test-run of the orange line metro train has been completed and the government wants to operate it early. Work on every public interest project will be continued, though, the past government stopped work on different public welfare projects in their tenure. He regretted that no work was done on the new Punjab assembly building for ten long years and the incumbent government has resumed work on this project. The CM assured that the federal government will be approached to link Gujranwala city with the motorway and disclosed that a plan has been devised to relocate the city's truck stand to outside of the city. Similarly, Gujranwala-Sheikhupura road will be built through a public-private partnership mode and the government will continue to create ease in businesses. He asserted that every work is done on merit in Punjab and added that prompt measures will be taken to resolve the problems of Faisalabad city. I will soon visit every chamber of commerce and industry of Punjab including that of Lahore, the CM assured. The delegation appreciated the business-friendly policies of the government. Those who called on the CM included president Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sheikhpura Malik Manzoor, president Rawalpindi Saboor Malik, president Gujranwala Mian Umer Saleem, former president Faisalabad Zia Alamdar, chairman Chain Stores Association of Pakistan Rana Tariq, central president PTI traders wing Haji Tahir Naveed, president PTI traders wing (central Punjab) Haji Muhammad Khalid, president PTI traders wing Lahore Mian Tariq Faroz and others. Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, secretary information, secretary industry and others also attended the meeting.  

04/08/20

Senior & Food Minister Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan has directed the district officers of the Food Department across the province to ensure strict monitoring of flour mills in their respective areas so that the official release of wheat do not go to provinces other than Punjab and all the subsidized flour should be provided in the market. He warned that if the officers of the Food Department showed negligence, stern action would be taken against them without any discrimination. He added that he would personally visit different districts this week to take on the spot notice of the situation and action would be taken where complaints would be found. Presiding over a video link meeting of all the District Food Officers and Deputy Directors from across Punjab, here today, Abdul Aleem Khan said that the Punjab Government was giving huge subsidy of billions of rupees for low price flour which should directly benefit the common man. Prime Minister Imran Khan is personally aware of the situation of wheat and flour in Punjab from time to time and no negligence will be tolerated in this regard. He said that he is getting reports on subsidized flour through his private teams while special branch and other agencies also giving their feedback in this regard. He directed the Food Officers of border districts including Attock and Rahim Yar Khan to keep a close watch on flour smuggling in other provinces. He said that he would not allow anybody to purchase the atta of the Punjab Government and sell the same flour at high prices in other provinces. Senior & Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan said that low price flour should not be transported directly from any other flour mill or through an agent for sell in other provinces and if it goes out, its responsibility will fall on the Food Department and local administration. Abdul Aleem Khan pointed out that the supply of subsidized flour is 90% available and the remaining 10% should be ensured and immediate action be taken where there is any complaint. Senior Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan clarified that he would fully support the innocent officers and go to every forum to help them out but there will be strict action against the officers and personnel involved in bogus activities so all the district officers of the Food Department should be vigilant and perform their duties and send report on daily basis of low price flour. He said that the price of flour has been fixed after the consultation with flour mills and now it is the responsibility of the administration to provide 20 kg bag of flour to every citizen at Rs. 860 and 10 kg bag at Rs. 430, in Punjab. He directed the district food officers that they should identify the mills from which the subsidized Government wheat flour sending to other provinces through collusion so that they can be blacklisted. Secretary Food Dr Asad Ur Rehman Gillani, Director Food Punjab and senior officers also attended the meeting and gave a detailed briefing to the Senior & Food Minister on the present situation of wheat and flour in the province.

04/08/20

The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved two development schemes of two sectors: Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department & Public Buildings at the total cost of Rs. 7,452.862 million. These schemes were approved in the 3rd meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 202-21 presided over by Chairman P&D Board, Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh. All Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries of concerned departments, Senior Chief (Coord) Javed Latif, Assistant Chief Coordination Shahid Idrees and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting. The approved development schemes included Provision of missing specialties for the Upgradation of DHQ hospital to teaching hospital, Gujranwala at the cost of Rs 6,731.049 million, Construction of Police Training School at Rawat, District Rawalpindi has been approved at the cost of Rs 721.813 million.

03/08/20

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar offered Eid-ul-Adha prayer at Governor's House. Usman Buzdar and Chaudhry Sarwar, while maintaining social distance, greeted each other on Eid-ul-Adha. The Chief Minister and Governor Punjab also greeted the people on Eid-ul-Adha. Both the leaders prayed for the solidarity and prosperity of the country. They especially prayed for the freedom of the Kashmiris from Indian tyranny and atrocities. Chief Minister Usman Bazdar also offered the sacrifice of an animal by following the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).

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