KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah today presided a high level meeting at Chief Minister House regarding controlling the prices of essential commodities including sugar in the province of Sindh.Chief Minister Sindh took serious notice of hoarding, black marketing and illegal profiteering of sugar and directed all District Coordination officers to take Stern action against those involved in such acts.Chief Minister Sindh warned that it is responsibility of all DCO’s and his sub-ordinate officers and staff to be vigilant and careful about price hike and illegal profiteering so that common man is not looted.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah added that DCO’s are incharges of their respective districts as far as price control cells are concerned. He further said that it is prime duty of government and its agencies to ensure proper and prompt control of prices of essential commodities.Chief Minister Sindh strictly directed the DCO’s to take prompt action against persons, involved in hoarding, black-marketting and profiteering.He further directed to challan those hoarders, black-marketers and profiteers and be apprehended under price control act and hoarding and profiteering law, for which EDO’s / DDO’s and inspectors will launch action with immediate effect.Chief Minister Sindh also directed that all DCO’s should remain present tomorrow in their offices at 2 p.m. where as he will hold video conference meeting with them to enquire for action so far taken in this regard. The meeting discussed various measures for controlling the price of Sugar and make arrangements of supply of the same in markets.
It was decided that Sindh Government will take 70 thousand tones of Sugar from Trading Corporation of Pakistan on emergent basis and will be brought in the markets through genuine dealers to consumers at the rate of Rs: 61-00 per Kg. It was decided that all DCO’s will furnish their requirement / demand immediately and give details about disbursement.It was further decided that similar measures will be made for other commodities i-e vegetables, pulses, eatable items etc. It was also decided that role of Market committees will also be activated for prompt supply and maintenance of reasonable prices so that poor people are provided food items and eatable commodities on reasonable prices.The meeting was affected among others by Sindh Agriculture Minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, Sindh Minister for Supply & Prices Shoaib Bukhari, Chief Secretary Sindh Ghulam Ali Pasha, ACS (P&D) Ishaq Lashari, provincial Secretaries of concerned departments, Administrator / DCO Karachi Fazal ur Rehman, Secretary to C.M Abdul Kabeer Kazi, Special Secretary to C.M Dr. Atta Muhmmad Panhwar and others – Onlinenews