Punjab govt to send wheat weighing 500 thousand tons to KP. Punjab government made this decision during a meeting in Lahore today.
Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over the meeting.
Punjab govt to send wheat
It said that Punjab will send five thousand tons of wheat to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on regular basis.
Buzdar-led meeting called it a goodwill gesture to overcome the shortage of flour.
The meeting also reviewed availability of flour, its price and measures regarding its uninterrupted supply.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister directed to take concrete measures for stability in the price of flour.
However, the ECC has decided to approve more wheat despite claims of federal minister regarding sufficient availability.
To many in Pakistan, the ECC announcement is nothing but a cruel joke because the federal minister earlier claimed sufficient wheat stock to meet domestic needs is available.
Minister for National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar said, while addressing a news conference in Islamabad.
Minister claims sufficient wheat
He also expressed firm resolve to take strict action against those involved in hoarding and profiteering.
He further warned of stern action against those creating artificial crisis of the commodity in domestic markets.
The Minister said current scenario of wheat and flour emerged due to multiple reasons.
He referred to transporters’ strike in Karachi which effected supply in local markets of Sindh.
Furthermore, he pointed to the ban on movement of wheat between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to curb its smuggling.
However, he also noted that the government also addressed both the causes.