Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, paid a surprise visit to Head Sulemanki Wheat Procurement Centre at Tehsil Depalpur, Okara on Saturday. He reached wheat procurement centre and inspected the facilities provided to the farmers at the centre. The local administration as well as the police remained totally oblivious of the surprise visit of Shehbaz Sharif.
The Chief Minister inspected provision of facilities to the farmers and distribution of gunny bags at the centre. Taking strict notice of complaints of the farmers; he issued on the spot instructions. Taking notice of the queues of trucks and trolleys outside the wheat procurement centre, the Chief Minister directed to immediately off-load wheat from these trucks and trolleys. He took immediate notice of the complaints of farmers regarding non availability of gunny bags and change in the record and ordered inquiry into the matter and strict action against those responsible.
Upon hearing the surprise visit of Chief Minister, the in-charge and staff of the wheat procurement centre fled the centre. Upon which, the Chief Minister directed to take action against the concerned staff. The Chief Minister heard the problems of the farmers outside the wheat procurement centre and assured them of prompt solutions. Talking to the farmers at the wheat procurement centre, the Chief Minister said that he has come to provide service to his brethren farmers. He said that interest of farmers is very dear to him and their protection will be ensured at all cost. Shehbaz Sharif said that his life and death is meant for them and he has already been standing with them and will not let their interests put at stake in future as well.
Talking to the farmers, the Chief Minister said that whosoever has usurped upon their interests will not go scot-free. He said that Patwari or Tehsildar mafia will not be allowed to usurp hard-earned money of the poor farmers. He said that complaints of change of record in the files of the poor farmers at local police stations are condemnable and added that he has taken notice of it, and those responsible would not escape punishment. The action would be taken today and justice would be done at every cost, he added. The Chief Minister said that they are his brothers; whosoever has done it, will not be let off.
He directed DPO to hold inquiry about the complaints of farmers with regard to police station Haveli Lakha and said it is regrettable that the matter is not in his knowledge.
Shehbaz Sharif said that he has been visiting wheat procurement centers to serve the farmers even better, as well as to solve their problems. Punjab government has set a target of procurement of 4 million tons of wheat this year. By the grace of Allah Almighty and due to the hard work of farmers, bumper crop has been recorded this year; and he has been personally supervising the wheat procurement campaign.