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CM Buzdar orders crackdown on hoarders, profiteers

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LAHORE, April 28 : Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has ordered a strict crackdown on hoarders and profiteering and directed concerned officials to carefully monitor process of auction in markets.
According to details, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has directed to show no leniency to anyone who is found involved in hoarding and profiteering during the holy month of Ramazan.
He also directed concerned officials to ensure provision of all items at government’s fixed prices.
Earlier, Punjab government promulgated anti-hoarding ordinance in a bid to control hoarding and profiteering in the province. Ordinance contains three-year sentence, summary trial and confiscation of the hoarded items.
Ordinance has declared hoarding as a non-bailable crime and deputy commissioners of all districts now have the power to carryout raids without search warrants. Special magistrate will announce verdict of hoarding case in 30 days. Appeal against the verdict of special magistrate can be filled within 30 days in session court, which is bound to announce its verdict in next 30 days.
Punjab government has also released list of 41 goods which cannot be hoarded according to the ordinance.
List includes tea, sugar, powered milk, milk for children, edible oil, fruit, salt, potato, onion, pulses, fish, beef, mutton, eggs, spices, vegetables, kerosene oil, match sticks, coal, chemical fertilizers, poultry food, cement, cotton seeds, caustic soda, pesticides, wheat flour, face masks, N95 masks, sanitizers, surface cleaners, alcohol and wool.

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