Sindh cabinet fixes 1.4m tons wheat procurement target


The Sindh Cabinet, after thorough discussions and deliberations, decided to fix wheat procurement target for crop 2020-21 at 1.4 MMT at a rate of Rs2000 per 40 kilograms.


The cabinet, keeping in view the shortage of teaching staff, approved the proposal of recruitment of around 37000 teachers in next three years. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of chief Minister Murad Ali Shah here at CM House.


The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, advisors, chief secretary Mumtaz Shah and all the concerned secretaries.


The food department told the cabinet that currently 800,000 tons of wheat was available with the department.


The department had procured 1.236 MMT from Crop 2019-20 and procured 117,000 tons of imported wheat from the federal government.The department assured the cabinet that the wheat stock available with it was sufficient till the harvest of the new crop 2020-21, therefore they requested the cabinet to decide the procurement target. The cabinet thoroughly discussed the matter and decided that the support price would be Rs2000 as was decided earlier and 1.4 MMT wheat would be procured in the next procurement season starting from next month. The cabinet also allowed the food department to purchase bardana to the extent of the assigned target at the ratio of 80 percent PP bags and20 percent jute bags. Reaction:


The provincial cabinet rejected the allegation of the federal government that the Sindh government had hoarded the wheat which resulted in price hike. The Sindh cabinet members termed it a baseless, unreasonable and misleading statement and recalled the statement of Federal Minister Fakhar Imam which he had given on the floor of the national assembly and had admitted to the disappearance 6.6 MMT tons of wheat from Punjab.


The federal cabinet instead of admitting smuggling of wheat from Punjab was levelling baseless allegation against the Sindh government which did not suit them, the Sindh cabinet observed. Recruitment policy:  The provincial cabinet has constituted a sub-committee to review recruitment policy 2021 for teaching and non-teaching staff in the education department.