No sub-standard commodities being sold in Sunday Bazars, Senate told

Islamabad: The Senate was informed on Friday that no sub-standard commodities are being sold in Sunday bazaars in Federal Capital.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that the prices of the food items are fixed on the basis of rates received from wholesale fruit and vegetable market a day prior to holding bazaars.

He said teams consisting of Inspectors‚ Supervisors and Security Guards are deployed in each bazaar for monitoring and controlling the prices and quality of commodities being sold in these bazaars.

To a question‚ Minister of State for Commerce and Textile Industry Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House that there is no proposal under consideration of the government to abolish the post of Pakistan based staff and to appoint local based staff in trade missions abroad.

He‚ however‚ said the government has decided to rationalize the strength of trade offices abroad to make them smart‚ efficient and cost effective.

He said at majority of offices post of Pakistan based staff were found redundant and being retrenched.

He said the estimated number of employees of the Commerce Division likely to be affected by this exercise will be around ten officers between 18 to 20 grades and around 90 supporting officials.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad laid before the House the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance‚ 2013.

The Chair referred the ordinance to the Standing Committee concerned.

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