The Adviser to the Chief Minister on Food, Mian Khaliq-ur-Rehman has said that the provincial government was increasing the wheat quota for the flour mills from 6000 metric tonnes per day to 7000 tonnes per day in order to contain the flour shortage crisis in the province.
He said that the province had enough stock of wheat to meet the market demand. Talking to journalists, he said that around 219,000 bags of the subsidized flour at official subsidized rate of Rs860 per 20 kg bags were being provided to the people across the province.
He said that 7,000 metric tonnes of wheat would be supplied to the flour mills on daily basis in the province, which is 50 percent more than demand of the province.
He said that there was no shortage of wheat or flour in any part of the province and they were constantly monitoring the situation. He said that large wheat stock was avaliable with KP Food Department and the quota could be further increased, saying that all the resources were being utilized to check flour prices in markets.
“Mobile teams are working on an emergency basis in all the districts to monitor the sale points of subsidized flour,” he said, adding that joint teams of the Food Department and district administration were monitoring flour mills, flour dealers and food markets to control prices of edible items.
He said that a ship carrying 63,000 metric tonnes of imported wheat had arrived at Karachi port and other shipment would reach by February. Food Adviser Mian Khaliq-ur-Rehman informed that to provide relief to people, the government would give subsidy of Rs10 billion on flour by April.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2021.
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