ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to make administrative steps more effective to curtail hoarders and profiteers.
He was chairing a meeting on controlling the prices of essential items in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The prime minister directed the provincial administration to take effective steps against profiteering and hoarding besides sending daily and weekly analysis report on rise and fall of prices of essential items at urban and rural tehsils of each district to the Prime Minister Office to keep a check on the situation of prices.
He further said because of climate impact the availability of commodities should be determined on proper time so that there was no shortage of commodities.
The meeting decided that the government would provide farmers place at every Tehsil where they could sell their commodities without any fee or expenditure.
The forum also took the decision to utilize the network of Utility Stores across the country in a better way to provide people the essential items on realistic and reasonable prices.
Imran Khan directed to make border management more effective to stop the smuggling of wheat, flour and fine flour. The meeting decided to take strict action against elements involved in smuggling and the officials abetting them.
The prime minister was informed of the reduction in prices of ghee after the decision of the government to defer implementation of axel load. He said reduction in prices of ghee should be ensured to provide relief to the public after the deferment of axel load implementation.
Imran Khan directed to establish a special cell in the Ministry of Food Security on immediate basis to make timely decisions on the basis of demand and supply estimates in future. It will also help institutionalize the demand and supply estimate system with respect to essential items used by people.
The prime minister also directed to utilize the technology to reduce difference in prices. He said it was state’s obligation to ensure availability of items of daily use to each citizen and all out steps be taken in this regard so that no citizen slept hungry.
The provincial chief ministers briefed PM Khan on availability of wheat in the provinces and its prices. It was apprised that availability of wheat in the provinces is satisfactory and there is no complaint of the commodity shortage in any part of the country.
The chief commissioner Islamabad briefed the meeting on app ‘Accurate Prices’ to provide information to the public on prices of various items.
The meeting decided to replicate the system implemented in the federal capital to large cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, chairing a briefing regarding proposed new local bodies system in the federal capital,
Prime Minister Imran Khan said new local government system was aimed at transfer of powers to grass root level and to ensure development and solution of problems at local level.
“New local government system to be introduced by the PTI government will bring about a revolution to empower the people of Pakistan. Under the new system, mayor will be directly elected by the people,” he said.