Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi inaugurates Ramzan Relief Package 2015

Islamabad, June 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi held a press conference today within the Ministry premises to officially announce the Ramadan Relief Package 2015. The relief package of Rs. 1.30 billion will provide subsidy to 18 essential food commodities and the items will be distributed through the Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan’s (USC’s) country-wide network of stores.

While briefing the media, the Minister said that the prices of essential commodities increase each year during the Holy month of Ramadan and the Corporation has been conducting the release of the Ramadan Relief Packages since 1991 to provide relief to the public. He also said that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet each year approves an amount of subsidy in the form of the Ramadan Relief Package.

The Minister outlined that the commodities which have been given subsidy include wheat receiving a discount of Rs. 80 per 20kg, Utility ghee Rs. 20 – 60 reduction per kg, Daal Channa Rs. 10-15 reduction per kg, White Channa Rs. 15 reduction per kg, Baisan Rs. 14 reduction per kg, Khajoor Rs. 50 reduction per kg, Chai Rs. 56 reduction per 950grams packet, Basmati rice Rs. 16 reduction per kg, Totta Rice Rs. 17 reduction per kg, Sella rice Rs. 16-41 reduction per kg, Daal Moong, Masoor and Mash Rs. 10-15 reduction, Tetra pack milk Rs. 15 reduction per litre and utility spices received a special saving of 10%.

The Minister reiterated that the Ramadan Relief Package 2015 is effective from today and the USC will also reduce the prices of more than 1000 items by 5 to 10% through additional discount from vendors. Moreover, he said that the Ramadan Relief Package will be closely monitored and an amount of Rs.10 Million shall be spent by USC on awareness campaigns in the print media. Reassuring the press, the Minister said that the Ministry of Finance has released Rs.1 billion as upfront subsidy and the Ministry of Industries and Production has constituted a monitoring team of the staff of the Export Processing Zone Authority.

The Minister said he had already requested the Secretary (Industries and Production) to delegate to the Provincial Chief Secretaries the monitoring of the Ramadan Relief Package through the District Administration and that special teams headed by the Senior Executive of the Corporation will also visit warehouses and stores to monitor the implementation.

Furthermore, he stressed that a separate operation room will be setup at the USC Head Office (Islamabad) to receive any complaints on pricing, quality and non-availability and a Complaint Cell is active and receiving complaints in the USC Head Office, being directly monitored by the Managing Director himself. The Managing Director and senior officers of the USC were also present at the press conference.

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