LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Saturday said that provision of relief to people and sale of quality essential items at reasonable rates is the responsibility of concerned departments.
He was addressing Provincial Price Control Committee meeting here. He said no negligence will be tolerated in this regard. He said that problem of people was his problem.
The chief minister warned that the officials, who will not perform their duties efficiently, will have to quit the office and those working efficiently are his asset.
He said the cabinet committee will have to play its role effectively for providing daily essential items at affordable rates to the people.
The meeting reviewed prices of essential commodities in the province in detail.
Provincial Ministers, Members National and Provincial Assemblies, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Inspector General Police, Secretaries of concerned departments and senior officials attended the meeting.
About devaluation of dollar against Pak rupee, the chief minister said its positive impact on essential items must reach to people.
He said steps should be taken in this regard as it was responsibility of the concerned ministries.
The chief minister said that weekly index survey should be released in this regard and an authentic data should be collected and benefited for providing the best services to people. He said services of professionals should be acquired for all this process so that confidence of the people could be restored and performance of government institutions improved.
The chief minister directed that process of auction in vegetable markets should be monitored through CCTV cameras.
He said the live coverage of process of auction in vegetable markets should be arranged through a local TV channel for the awareness of the people.
Shahbaz Sharif directed that cleanliness arrangements in vegetable markets should also be monitored through CCTV cameras whereas a system should be evolved for the publicity of essential items rates through a website.
He said that absence of officers of concerned departments during the auction process in vegetable markets was not tolerable.
He warned that strict action would be taken against the absentee officers and the officer who would not work, had no right to remain on his post.
The chief minister said the officers unwilling to serve people would have to change their attitude.
He directed that strict action should be taken against the owners of petrol pumps and CNG stations involved in overcharging.
He said the cabinet committee should keep a vigilant eye on the prices of essential items and take immediate steps for bringing the prices of potato at reasonable level as common man cannot purchase vegetable at higher rate.