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‘Goods quality at fair price shops being monitored’

By Our Correspondent
April 08, 2024
People buy rice at a wholesale market. — AFP/File
People buy rice at a wholesale market. — AFP/File

LAHORE:A foolproof system of monitoring has been introduced to maintain the quality of goods being sold at fair price shops, said Secretary Agriculture Punjab Iftikhar Ali Sahoo here Sunday.

While inspecting working of a fair price shop at Model Bazaar, Wahdat Road, which was established under Agriculture Department, Iftikhar Ali Sahoo reviewed the quality, prices as well as supply and demand of commodities.

On this occasion, secretary while talking to the citizens who came for shopping, said that on the instructions of the chief minister, 51 fair price shops have been established across the province.

The prices at these shops are 25 percent lower than the wholesale market. Around 13 items, including vegetables, fruits and pulses are available in abundance at these fair price shops. He said that the number of counters was also increased due to the rush of buyers during Ramazan. In order to maintain the quality of the goods at these fair price shops, monitoring arrangements have been made foolproof.

Secretary Agriculture, Punjab Iftikhar Ali Sahoo expressed his satisfaction with the arrangements of the fair price shop and the efforts of officers & staff on duty were appreciated. He directed to keep open this shop till 6pm. Later, secretary also planted a sapling in Model Bazaar Wahdat Road under the ‘Plant for Pakistan’ campaign.

LWMC CEO reviews ongoing cleanliness activities

Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Babar Sahib Din and Chairman Bilal Zulfiqar Khokhar visited various areas of the provincial capital and reviewed mechanical sweeping and washing operations.

According to LWMC sources here on Sunday, during the visit both inspected the cleanliness of mosques, emphasising the importance of maintaining sanitation standards during Ramazan. CEO Babar Sahib Din directed the manual scraping and mechanical sweeping at U-turns and service lanes on main boulevards, ensuring a comprehensive cleaning approach.

Under the supervision of CEO over 175 workers, 40 mechanical sweepers, and 10 mechanical washers were engaged in the night shift to enhance Lahore’s cleanliness. The team covers more than 800km of mechanical sweeping and over 100km of mechanical washing daily.

Babar Sahib Din and Bilal Zulfiqar Khokhar also reviewed washing activities on prominent roads like Usmani Road, Gulberg Main Boulevard, Liberty Chowk, and Noor Jahan Road. They also inspected Jail Road, Canal Road, Shadman Chowk, and Aiwan-e-Tijarat.