Flour mills boycott official quota

Raza Naqvi

The flour crisis looms large over twin cities of Taxila, Rawalpindi and Islamabad as the flour millers have announced to boycott the official wheat quota to register their protest against unjust distribution of wheat to the flour millers.

A meeting of The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Punjab chapter which was held on Saturday announced that the over two dozen flour millers have unanimously decided to not to buy the official wheat from the Punjab food department after the newly introduced wheat quota policy by the Rawalpindi district administration.

The share of the rural population has been completely ignored in the policy, they observed. They were of the view that the share of flour products in grinding has been altered illogically. They further alleges that the food department officials rather tried to create a division among the millers “only to conceal their incompetence and follies” and demands that Punjab Chief Minister should take notice of the situation.

They were of the view that to accommodate the favorite flour mills of Rawalpindi, the wheat daily quota of flour mills of twin cities of Taxila and Wah, many of which depend on the official wheat quota for their operations, was slashed which would affect the wheat supply in the area.