Atta prices are lower in Sindh than Punjab: CM Sindh

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said Saturday that the federal government being inexperienced and naïve had created shortage of wheat last year by releasing it just after its harvest in March and then imported at higher rates and now they were repeating the same episode.

“We know to procure wheat and at what rates and when to release so that atta prices in the market remain stable,” he said while talking to media just after offering condolence over the death of legendary actor Umer Sharif at his residence on Saturday. He was accompanied by his Advisor Murtaza Wahab.

The CM said that the atta prices were lower in Sindh than the Punjab but let the PTI people say whatever they felt fit. “What is their performance,” he questioned and then replied they [PTI govt] have unleashed a Tsunami of price hike, unrest, and uncertainty by pursuing defective, unrealistic, and unworkable policies,” he said and added therefore the country has bogged down in the worst economic and political crisis.

To a question, the chief minister said that last year, the PTI government had released wheat just after its harvest in March. “When wheat is harvested its stocks circulate in the market in abundance at reasonable rate and when the stocks start dwindling the governments begin to release wheat to control the prices,” he said and added the wheat was harvested in the country in March and were released in October every year.

The Sindh chief minister said that the PTI government again released wheat in Punjab and in its other provinces just after harvesting the new crops, therefore, wheat stocks disappeared from the market and prices started going up.

“Surprisingly, they kept us pressing for releasing the wheat to the millers but we had refused and now in October we would start releasing the wheat and our stocks were enough to meet our requirement till the arrival of new crop in March 2022,” he said and added the federal government was not ready to give Rs5000 per bag price to the local growers but now they were importing the wheat at a price of Rs6600 per bag.

Shah said that the PTI had no capability to run the country, but it was the PPP which had the strength, knowhow and political wisdom to steer the country out of ongoing crisis.

Talking about NCOC’s decisions, Shah said that his government had been implementing its decisions but “we have taken important decisions keeping in view the ground situation of the COVID-19.”

The chief minister said that Umer Sharif was an asset of the country, and his services would always be remembered. “We are seriously considering establishing an institute in his name,” he said.

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