Govt launches Ramazan relief package

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ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday officially launched Rs2 billion Ramazan relief package, under which 13 basic food items will be sold to the public across the country at subsidised rates. The sales will take place on more than 58,000 government outlets.


Federal Minister for Industries Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi told a news conference said that besides 1,500 other items will be sold on reduced rates (ranging from 5 to 10 percent) in utility stores. He added that under the relief package, 13 main items, including flour, ghee, cooking oil, gram pulse, baisan (gram flour), rice and dates, will be sold on subsidised rates during Ramazan.


The government had already announced the package in the new federal budget.


The government will provide a Rs120 subsidy on a 20kg flour bag, which will be available at Rs 655 at USC outlets, although it is sold at Rs785 in the open market, the minister said. Ghee price will be reduced by Rs40 per kilogram, cooking oil Rs30 per liter, gram pulse and baisen by Rs20 per kg and dates by Rs40 per kg. Basmati rice will be subsidised by Rs30 per kg, tea by Rs130 per kg and milk by Rs11 per kg.


Besides the existing stores, the corporation will provide essential commodities at controlled rates during Ramazan through mobile outlets and stalls at all Friday and Sunday Bazaars, he added.


Jatoi said a complaint cell had been set up at the USC head office to redress customers’ complaints. An operation cell at the Ministry of Industries will monitor the implementation of the Ramazan relief package.


Meanwhile, the ministry of production has deputed the Export Processing Zone Authority, which has offices across the country, to carry out monitoring and inspection of the relief package independently.

Courtesy:   The News

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