Cabinet committee declares wheat flour as essential commodity, expands WCLA scope

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The Punjab Cabinet Standing Committee on Legislative Business (SCCLB) has given approval of declaration of wheat flour as an essential commodity in schedule of the Punjab Prevention of Speculation in Essential Commodities Act, 2021, expansion in the scope of Walled City Lahore Authority across Punjab and creation of three new centers in the Environment Protection Department, in collaboration with the World Bank.

The cabinet committee meeting was held at the Civil Secretariat under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environmental Protection and Cooperatives Muhammad Basharat Raja. Provincial Law Minister Khurram Shehzad Virk, Minister of Communications and Works Ali Afzal Sahi also participated.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Lahore Metropolitan Corporation and the Saida municipality of Republic of Lebanon Municipality got also approval of the SCCLB.

Chairman Committee Muhammad Basharat Raja said the chief minister would determine the officer who would sign the proposed MoU on behalf of the Punjab government.

The cabinet committee considered the private bills related to the constitutional amendment on local governments in the National Assembly. In an amendment bill, it has been suggested that local government elections should be held 3 months before the end of the term of the local bodies.