Ministry of Industries & Production

FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIES & PRODUCTION GHULAM MURTAZA KHAN JATOI CONDUCTS SURPRISE VISIT ON UTILITY STORES

 Islamabad: June 25, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

FEDERAL MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIES & PRODUCTION GHULAM MURTAZA KHAN JATOI CONDUCTS SURPRISE VISIT ON UTILITY STORES

The Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi personally led surprise visits to the G-9 (Karachi Company), Aabpara and Golra Sharif stores of Utility Stores Corporation in Islamabad today.

The Minister met and questioned the store managers about the inventory and quality of products and found that the stores were operating smoothly. While interviewing several customers, the Minister asked them of any difficulty or problems they have faced during their purchases and the customers assured the Minister that the quality and prices of goods were as good as other stores in the market. Customers also said they felt relieved by the discounted prices and felt they were 10-15% lower than market price. One customer said he had been buying goods from the Aabpara store for 10 years and he found the quality to be satisfactory. Customers also felt delighted that the economically well-off and less affording people both are taking benefit of the Utility Stores. Customers said the stores were very organized and the store managers said sales had increased tremendously.

All three stores had properly displayed the price lists that had been advertised after announcement of the Ramadan Relief Package 2015 which gave Rs.1.3 billion worth of subsidies on essential food items. Call center complaint numbers were also displayed everywhere and the Minister personally checked items such as daals, rice, oil, besan, sugar and flour to make sure the rumors of customers complaining of unavailability of these products were dismissed.

The Minister reiterated that such surprise raids are part of a series of steps the Ministry of Industries and Production is taking to ensure the people of Pakistan get maximum benefit through the Ramadan Relief Package, and that the government provides affordable and top quality products to them.