Sindh govt not to provide wheat to nonfunctional mills: CS

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Staff Reporter

Karachi

Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah directed the district administration to check flour price on the market on a daily basis and conduct raids on mills and godowns to check hoarding. This he directed while presiding over an important meeting regarding hike in flour price in the city.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary Food Laeeq Ahmed, Secretary Agriculture, Price Bureau and Supply Agha Zaheeruddin, Secretary Implementation and Coordination Riaz Ahmed Siddique, Additional Commissioner 1 Karachi, members of flour mill association and other concerned officers of the Sindh Food department.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Secretary Sindh stated that the in Karachi as per the requirement 2 lakh metric ton of wheat is being provided to the flour mills and there is no shortage of the wheat. He further stated that when the required wheat is being provided them why the prices of the flour have been increased.
He further stated that stern action will be taken against the hoarders and the officer concerned. While briefing the meeting the Secretary Food and members of flour mill association have informed the meeting that out of 76 flour miles only 56 mills are functional in Karachi division, in Hyderabad division 9 mills out of 18 are functional, in Larkana division 18 out of 19 flour mills are functional, in Mirpurkhas division 5 out of 9 flour mills are functional, in Shaheed Benazirabad 8 out of 16 Flour mills are functional and in Sukkur Division 26 Flour mills out of 62 are functional.
The members of Flour Mills Association demanded of the government not to provide wheat to the nonfunctional flour mills of the province. On this the Chief Secretary states that those mills which were not functional during last 13 months will not be provided with wheat quota and in this regard a policy will be put before the Sindh Cabinet.

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