Punjab to provide 5,000 metric tons of wheat to KP on daily basis

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Punjab to provide 5,000 metric tons of wheat to KP on daily basis

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday has pledged to supply 5,000 metric tons of wheat to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on daily basis to overcome ongoing flour crisis.
Chairing a meeting regarding flour shortage across the country, the CM said that Punjab will perform a role of ‘big brother’ to KP as helping the people living there is also our duty.
On the occasion, provincial health secretary told the CM that approximately 25000 tons of wheat is being provided to the flour mills across Punjab. He also briefed the participants over steps taken for the availability of wheat in the province.
Earlier, CM Buzdar had paid a surprise visit to a flour sale point in Jaranwala and reviewed the situation. He also inquired about the availability of flour from the citizens.
Taking action on the complaints of the residents over the availability of flour, the Punjab CM suspended the Assistant Commissioner Jaranwala and made him Officer of Special Duty (OSD).
He also suspended Assistant Food Controller Jamil Gujjar.
CM Buzdar said that the Punjab government has enough wheat stock and there shouldn’t be shortage of flour in the province. “I am one of the masses and came out into the field to make sure the flour is available to the public,” he said.
He also directed to increase the flour sale points in the city and said that he will keep visit cities to review flour situation.
It is to be mentioned here that the unprecedented hike in the price of wheat flour across the country and its acute shortage has brought severe hardship for the general public across Pakistan.
In Lahore, people are forced to buy flour at highest-ever price of up to Rs70 per kg, and the growers are holding the flour mill owners and the government responsible for the “Aatta crisis”.
In Faisalabad, the flour prices have skyrocketed with an increase of up to Rs30 per kg as wheat supply to mills has been suspended.
The provincial food department and the district administration of Lahore have jointly formed a plan to provide “relief” to the public of the city amid the prevailing crisis, and have supplied 10,000 bags of wheat flour to ten model markets.

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