LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed that benefits of the recent decrease in the prices of petroleum products should be transferred to the common man.

“Benefits of reduction in petroleum products must reach to the people and immediate steps be taken in this regard, the CM said, adding: “The line departments should ensure adoption of relief related activities through organized planning."

Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik called on Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and discussed different matters including good governance and provision of better services to the people.

The CS told the CM that wheat procurement campaign is going on satisfactorily. He apprised him about the steps being taken for controlling coronavirus and locust attack. The CS also informed the CM about the steps taken for stabilizing the flour rate in the province.

The chief minister made it clear that an increase in the price of flour and other essential items will not be tolerated. The government will keep an eye on the economic situation, resulting due to coronavirus, in the next budget, he added. The chief minister also appreciated the performance of chief secretary for bringing improvements in different matters.

In a statement, the CM stressed that steps should also be taken to lower the prices of essential items to provide relief to the common man. The PTI government is working day and night to provide relief to the citizens and the recent decrease in the prices of petroleum products is a gift to the people, he said.

Moreover, the CM chaired a meeting of Lahore Ring Road Authority to review the Lahore Ring Road Southern Loop-III Project at his office on Tuesday.

The meeting was told that this 8-km long six-lane wide Raiwind Road to Multan Road project will be completed in one year through the public-private partnership. The NLC will construct and operate Lahore Ring Road Southern Loop-III and the agreement will be signed in the second week of June. This project will help ease traffic pressure.

The chief minister directed that preparations of starting the Lahore Southern Loop-IV Project and should be completed as soon as possible to link Multan Road with M-III. This project will complete the 90-KM long Lahore Ring Road Project, he added.

Advisor Dr Salman Shah, Chief Secretary, Chairman P&D, Secretary Finance, Commissioner Lahore and others attended the meeting.

The CM also expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of Munir Khan Orakzai MNA and extended sympathies to the bereaved family.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020