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Print Print 2023-02-14

Subsidised essential items: PM takes firm step to firm up Ramazan strategy

  • Calls for improving liaison between centre and provinces and directs strict action against hoarders
Published February 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday asked the provinces and administrative units to submit a comprehensive strategy to the federal government on the provision of food items at subsidized rates during the holy month of Ramazan.

Chairing a meeting on the availability of essential commodities and food items, he stressed using technology to control the rates in Ramazan bazaars. He also emphasized putting in place effective measures for security.

The Prime Minister directed to increase the number of Ramazan bazaars in big cities to accommodate the maximum population.

He said ensuring the supply of essential items to citizens was the basic responsibility of the federal and provincial governments.

Inter-provincial coordination needed to avoid commodities’ scarcity: NPMC

In this regard, he called for improving liaison between centre and provinces and directed strict action against the hoarders.

He stressed removing hurdles in import of necessary items on a priority basis.

He said special committees would be set up to improve the supply chain of commodities and maintain their prices.

The meeting was told that necessary steps were being taken to ensure the supply of commodities including wheat, pulses and edible oil, and other items.

It was highlighted that the federal government was supplying the required wheat to the provinces. Some provinces are using mobile phone applications to reach out to the citizens for the supply of essential items at reduced rates.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for National Food Protection and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the chief secretaries of four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, the chief commission of Islamabad, and senior officials.

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Farhan Feb 14, 2023 09:47am
Remittances fall below 2 billion, Rising Panic blocked imports, Gas prices hiked and the top news head “PM takes firm step”. Clearly shows how newspapers and media build the narratives. It’s good to create optimism in society but when it’s done biased, it hurts. We the readers refer to media for information it hurts when they try to manipulate our minds.
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Pakistani1 Feb 14, 2023 11:13am
Please focus on reducing expenses. Sizable reduction in number of Foreign tours, size of cabinet, perks for the cabinet, bureaucracy, judiciary, security forces would benefit the country!
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