SUKKUR: Speakers at a view exchange meeting here on Tuesday underscored the need for smooth supply of essential commodities and keeping prices stable during the holy month of Ramadan.
They said the authorities and individuals concerned should play vital role to prevent irrational and unethical price hike of essentials.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) office organised the meeting titled ‘Monitoring of kitchen market and market price control of essentials’ on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan at district Council hall of the Sukkur.
The meeting discussed how the market could be kept free from all sorts of immoral trend of price hike through concerted efforts.
Chaired by DC Sukkur Shehzad Tahir Thaheem, different government officials including President Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI), Engineer Abdul Fateh Shaikh, Haji Shafi Abbasi, President Sukkur Small Tarders (SST) Haji Javed Memon, Lala Abid Khokhar and media personnel addressed the meeting.
Stressing the need for showing the price-lists of essentials, they urged the businessmen to run their trade without any fear and anxiety side by side keeping themselves free from hording, adulteration, excessive profit and cheating consumers.
They mentioned that the government is pledge-bound to build a sound market management, especially, aiming at rendering quality services to the people and urged all to supplement the government efforts.
The government officials informed that they will sell edible oil, onion, pulse, dates and sugar at 5-10 points of the city during the Holy month so that there is no chance of enhancing prices of essentials.
Taking part in the open discussion, the business leaders assured of all sorts of cooperation for the government and call for taking stern actions against the dishonest business men.
On the occasion, DC Sukkur asked the officers of relevant departments to strictly ensure the price control on essential commodities during the month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and initiate stern action against the hoarders and profiteers so that the people could get the items of daily usage on fixed rates of the government.
He lamented those black sheep among the business community who created artificial shortage of essential goods and later sell the same with their own fixed rates during Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, however, he maintained that the government would not tolerate such hoarding and profiting in the holy month and take stern action against them.
He asked the officers concerned to pay surprise visits to fruits and vegetable markets as well as goods shops and ensure the selling of essential commodities on the rates which fixed by the government.
The Deputy Commissioner, on the occasion also asked about the prices of essential commodities from the representatives of wholesalers and retailers and advised them to ensure selling of quality products else action will also be taken against those who found in selling the substandard goods.
PMs Fee Reimbursement Scheme cermony hosted by SALU
SUKKUR: General Secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh chapter, Saleem Zia has said that Prime Minister’s scheme of fee re-reimbursement is helping the youths belonging to less developed areas who could not continue their studies due to not affording the fees of higher education adding that Prime Minister’s scheme was appreciable and helped advance the less developed areas, once this program was completed.
He said this while speaking on the occasion of Cheque Distribution Ceremony under Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme held here at Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur which was organised by SALU Kahirpur where cheques were distributed among 400 students of different universities and their allied campus as well as other institutions which was worth Rs1.20 billion.
He praised the PML-N led government’s step to encourage students of the less developed areas to pursue higher education.
He said that many programs had been launched for fuelling the youths across the country including Youth Skills Training, Laptop program and Youth Loans in this regard.
He also qouted the wish of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif that there should be not any area to be less developed in the country adding that under this vision, the PML-N-led government has prioritised on the issues of 4Es which included Education, Energy, Economy and Extremism, he said.
He said that the government had increased the budget for education and Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the current year and would also increase budget for education from 2 per cent to 4 per cent of the GDP in the next four years.
He shed light on the various schemes initiated by the PML-N government like youth loan, laptop scheme, skill development program and Qarz-e-Hasna and said the fee reimbursement scheme was promoting higher education, creating economic empowerment and opportunities for on-job training.
Vice Chancellor (VC), SALU, Dr Parveen Shah said that her university was paying attention to impart higher education with quality and conducting research as it was the need of hour to extend support to the economy by creating skilled and trained youths. “Youth is future, vision, hope and beyond it,” she said, adding that if the youths were educated and trained; they would bring the change in the society.
She said that youths made up 40 to 45 per cent of the country’s total population and of them only seven to eight per cent had access to higher education adding that the growing youth population could be turned into an asset by providing them healthy opportunities like these schemes.
Higher Education Commission’s Prof Dr Ghulam Raza Bhatti said that the Prime Minister’s Fee Re-reimbursement Scheme was launched to educate and train youths especially from less developed areas including Rural Sindh, Balochistan, South Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Fata areas. He said this while speaking on the occasion, he said, “If we succeeded to develop our youth through education and training from less developed areas, they could play their vital role in resolving the socio-economic issues of respective less developed areas in the country adding that this scheme would highly contribute to capacity building of the recipients. `
On the occasion, about 400 students from the SALU, Sukkur IBA, Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences, Nawasbhah; Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University, Larkana; and Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Nawabshah, received the cheques and certificates from PML-N leader Saleem Zia, Prof Dr Parveen Shah, Dr Raza Bhatti and others.