Shahbaz sticks to his directive

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the supply of sugar to the masses at Rs 72 per kg and has asked the administration and elected representatives to play an active role for the provision of sugar to the people at fixed rates. The chief minister was presiding over a meeting to review supply of sugar from Karachi Port and its prices in the province. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Member National Assembly Afzal Khokhar, Members Provincial Assembly Dr Saeed Elahi, Kh Salman Rafique, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore, Director Food and officers concerned were also present. The CM said the supply of sugar had started from Karachi Port and it should now be available to the consumers at Rs 72 per kg at any cost. He said he would personally visit markets to review prices of sugar. He appreciated the performance of Provincial Food Minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor regarding arrangements for the supply of sugar to Punjab from the port. Commissioner Lahore Division Khusro Pervaiz while briefing the meeting about the prices of sugar and its supply from Karachi informed that 12,000 tons of sugar had been sent from Karachi by trains and trucks out of which 9,000 tons of sugar had reached the province. He said the dealers were also cooperating in the supply of sugar to the people at the fixed rates and Akbari Mandi market will remain open today. He said sugar prices had been reduced in the market due to effective steps taken by the government and price control magistrates had also been mobilised for the provision of sugar to the people at the fixed rates besides taking action against the shopkeepers indulging in overcharging.

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