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USC to announce special discount package for Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: The Utility Stores Corporation (USC) is likely to announce a special discount package for the holy month of Ramazan that will be available from April 01, 2021, a top official said.

The state media quoting Managing Director, USC Umer Lodhi as saying on Tuesday that ‘a special Ramazan discount Package’ would start from April 1 at all utility stores of the country with affordable rates, giving subsidy to over 19 essential commodities.

He said that this year’s special relief package for the holy month would be different from the past years.

In the light of the present experiences of high prices of food items in the market, comprehensive steps would be taken for the provision of best facilities to people during Ramazan, he added.

The MD said the package would be approved by the Economic Coordination Council (ECC).

He said smooth supply of all commodities across the country would also be ensured during the holy month.

USC MD said that a special mechanism to monitor stock and availability of necessary food items at the utility stores would also be installed at district level.

The MD said USC would maintain stocks of daily essential items to act as a price moderator in the market to prevent profiteering and hoarding, adding, the corporation would buy quality items directly from producers and sell them at cheaper prices.

He advised people that they should buy only required items in Ramazan as unnecessary stock of relief items at homes would may cause shortages in stores.