Masses facing destructive power of mafia: Shahid


Observer Report

Former President ICCI Shahid Rasheed Butt on Sunday said masses are facing devastating power of high inflation as all efforts to keep the economy on a disinflationary path have failed.
In a statement issued here, he said that in such a serious situation, some elements are intentionally pushing country into a severe food crisis which should be noticed and thwarted.
Shahid Rasheed said that hesitancy by the authorities to fix wheat support price will compound the flour crisis in the country pushing millions more into abject poverty.
The masses may experience a famine-like situation if mismanagement continues in the most important wheat sector, he added.
Former President ICCI said that responsible institutions should intervene to improve food security.
He said that authorities unnecessarily delayed wheat imports and now they are reluctant to announce wheat support price despite the beginning of the sowing season in some parts of the country.
Indecisiveness is making farmers nervous which can have disastrous consequences, he said, adding that a review in the wheat support price is the only option to stabilize the prices.
The government wants to purchase wheat at the old price of Rs1400 per 40 kg while the cost of the wheat crop has jumped to Rs1650 per 40kg.
Shahid Rasheed said that if the government wants to keep inflation in check then it should provide a real subsidy on urea which covers twenty percent cost of crop and reduce taxes on other inputs which will bring the price of wheat and flour down.

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