Staff Reporter Lahore
Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan has directed to set up special sale points in eight major cities besides “Sahulat Bazaars” to ensure ample supply of “sasta atta” to the common man.
He said that no tax has been levied on flour mills so far then there is no justification for increase in flour prices.
He observed this while presiding over a video link meeting with Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners across the province here on Saturday.
This high-level meeting was held to review the supply of food items and prices in the “Sahulat Bazars”.
Minister Industries Mian Aslam Iqbal, Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik also attended this meeting while the Secretaries of Food, Industry and Agriculture Departments gave a detailed briefing on 313 “Sahulat Bazars” markets in the province.
Abdul Aleem Khan said that the Punjab Government is giving a subsidy of 2 billion rupees per month to ensure the supply of “sasta atta” flour which should deliver to the common man.
He added that a 20 kg bag of flour was sell at Rs.860 and the same price should be ensured in these “Sahulat Bazars”.
He also approved the design of “sasta atta” bags in the meeting. He directed that the relief given to the people in the “Sahulat Bazars” should also be properly advertised so that the common man could know more about these bazaars.
Senior Minister directed that flour mills should be required to clearly write the ex-mill and retail price on flour bags so as not to charge more from the citizens.