CM Shahbaz announces Rs9bn Ramazan package

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said a historic Ramazan package of over Rs.9 billion would provide relief to the people during the holy month. Chairing a meeting, the chief minister said the 10-kg bag of flour would be available at Rs 250 with a subsidy of Rs125 and 20 kg bag at Rs500 with a subsidy of Rs250. He said more than 318 Ramazan bazaars had been set up across the province with the model bazaars established at various places to also work as Ramazan bazaars. Shahbaz said fair price shops were set up in all the Ramazan bazaars where Rs20 per kg subsidy had been given at gram pulse, gram flour (basin), dates, apples and bananas, with ghee, cooking oil, chicken, eggs and sugar also be available at prices lower than the market. He said more than 2000 Madni Dastarkhawans had been set up across the province where free Iftar and Sehar meals would be served. He directed the authorities to ensure that rates of all food items at Ramazan bazaars and open markets were displayed at prominent places, while digital price boards should also be installed. The chief minister said edible items of good quality should be available abundantly and the benefits of Ramazan package should reach the public at any cost. He said provincial ministers and secretaries should visit Ramadan bazaars to check price and quality, while the cabinet committee on price control will monitor prices of foodstuff on daily basis. Crackdown should be launched against profiteer and hoarders, he added.

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