Ramazan: CM orders steps to control commodities prices

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed all the officers concerned to take effective measures to control the prices of essential commodities during the holy month of Ramazan so as to provide relief to the common men.

He directed the provincial minister and secretaries of food department to personally monitor the price control mechanism in the districts and take prompt steps to stop the hoarding and profiteering.

This he directed while presiding over a high level meeting to review the arrangements for the holy month of Ramazan at the Chief Minister House on Wednesday. The chief minister said that Ramzan-ul-Mubarak is a sacred month during which profiteering, overcharging and hoarding of essential commodities should be stopped and people be provided essential edible items at prescribed prices.

Sindh CM strictly directed divisional commissioners, deputy commoners, assistant commoners and Mukhtiarkars of the province to pay random and surprise visits to the markets to assure that the commodities are sold at their actual prices. He directed all the district administrations to take actions against those shopkeepers and traders involved in overcharging, hoarding and profiteering.

He said that Sindh government would ensure all possible measures to provide relief to the public during this holy month and would control the prices of essential items of daily use.

Qaim directed the relevant district administrations to submit daily report to him about the price control measures so as to check their performance. He asked the authorities of food department to ensure uninterrupted supply of wheat flour by monitoring flour mills on daily basis.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Provincial Adviser for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Chaudhry Muhammad Aijaz, Additional Chief Secretary Home Waseem Ahmed, Additional Chief Secretary Food, Secretaries of Finance, Agriculture and Principal Secretary to CM Sindh Naveed Kamran Baloch attended the meeting.