LAHORE: The Punjab government on Saturday suspended four assistant commissioners and two secretaries of market committees over their failure to control prices.
Those suspended were assistant commissioners of Hazro, Okara, Taunsa and Narowal and the secretaries of market committees of Multan and Kasur.
The chief secretary issued suspension orders at a meeting held to review the price control measures. The meeting also decided to award certificates of appreciation to the assistant commissioners of Sargodha, Chak Jhumra and Layyah for their outstanding performance.
Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said availability of essential items at fixed rates would be ensured as per the directions of the prime minister and the chief minister.
He said implementation of officially fixed prices was the responsibility of administrative officers, adding that the officers performing well would be encouraged whereas poor performers would be held accountable.
He directed that those who fleece people by creating artificial shortage of goods, must be dealt with an iron hand.
The meeting was briefed that during the last one week, 265 people were arrested and 308 cases registered for profiteering in various cities.
Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2021