PM orders bringing sugar stock out for sale in market


Says profiteering, hoarding won’t be tolerated

Staff Reporter

The federal government has decided to bring the country’s entire stock of sugar out for sale and start sugarcane crushing across Pakistan from November 15 in order to deal with the current sugar crisis.

The decision was made during a meeting on price control, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday.

The premier said that the government is taking all possible steps to reduce the burden on the destitute and has announced several schemes, namely the Ehsas Ration programme, Kamyab Pakistan programme, Kissan Card, and other programmes to provide relief to the masses.

Meanwhile, PM Imran Khan was apprised that currently, there is an ample supply of sugar in the country.

The meeting also decided that strict enforce-ment of crushing laws would be ensured during the sugarcane crushing and strict legal action against the hoarding and profiteering would be initiated.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed relevant authorities to implement the Sugar Factories (Control) Amendment Act 2021, Punjab Prevention of Hoarding Act 2020, and the Punjab Registration of Godowns Act 2014 against sugar mafia and hoarders.

The premier categorically stated that “profi-teering and hoarding will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”

Alluding to the increase of commodities in the international market and Pakistan’s dependence on imported products, he said the government is taking every possible step to reduce the burden on the poor segments of the society.

He pointed out that Ehsaas Ration, Kamyab Pakistan, Kissan Card, Sehat Card and other schemes of the Ehsaas programme have been launched to provide relief to the poor.

Imran Khan said the government is cognizant of the impact of inflation and is focussing to serve the people, adding that since people should be apprised about the real facts, and an effective awareness is launched.


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