LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to take every administrative step to stabilize the prices of essential items in the province. He issued this direction while presiding over a meeting at his office here on Wednesday. The meeting took stock of different matters including the provision of wheat to KPK province and stabilization of prices of essential items. The CM asserted that no one will be allowed to increase the prices of essential items including flour, sugar, ghee and poultry adding that administrative action will be taken against illegal profiteers. He reiterated that the provision of essential items will be ensured at fixed rates. Those who are looting the people, in the name of profit, should fear Allah, he added. The government will protect the rights of the people and every cartel, jeopardising the public interest, will be broken, he told. The CM asserted that people cannot be left at the mercy of hoarders and illegal profiteers and directed to initiate indiscriminate crackdown against them. Action will be initiated against those involved in the price hike, he added. Illegal increase in the rates of different items is intolerable and all powers will be utilized to provide different items at fixed rates to the people, the CM said. The chief minister emphasized that an increase in the rates of flour, sugar, ghee and poultry is unacceptable after a sufficient decrease in the prices of petroleum products.