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‘4.8m ration bags distributed so far’

By Our Correspondent
March 26, 2024
Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman chairs a meeting at the Civil Secretariat on March 25, 2024. — Facebook/Chief Secretary Punjab
Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman chairs a meeting at the Civil Secretariat on March 25, 2024. — Facebook/Chief Secretary Punjab

LAHORE: The government has so far delivered 4.8 million ration bags to the needy people on their doorsteps, according to an official statement issued here in a meeting on Monday.

Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman chaired a meeting held at the Civil Secretariat to review the Ramazan package and price control measures. The administrative secretaries of departments of industries, agriculture, additional IG Special Branch, Chairman PITB and officers concerned attended the meeting while the additional chief secretary, all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners participated through a video link.

Officials briefed the meeting that 6,132 persons were arrested and 2,109 cases were registered in the crackdown on profiteers in Ramazan, and the price magistrates checked nine lac places and imposed fines of Rs75 million over violations.

The chief secretary said that the delivery of ration bags under the Ramazan package was a big challenge, adding that the role of administrative officers in the successful implementation of the programme is commendable. He praised the Punjab Information Technology Board for ensuring transparency in the Ramazan package through digital monitoring.

The meeting decided that certificates of appreciation would be issued to the 10 best performing districts in connection with delivery of ration bags. The secretaries of industries and agriculture gave a detailed briefing at the meeting. They said that on the directives of the CM, a crackdown on profiteers is under way across the province. They said that due to effective monitoring and administrative measures, the prices of potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables are decreasing.

They mentioned that more than 1.5 million consumers had benefited from the agriculture fair price shops established in Ramazan bazaars.