ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Monday approved to import 300,000 tonnes of wheat to curtail supply shortage and increased prices.
The center has asked the Punjab government and Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) to release their stocks to overcome the shortage. The first shipment is expected to arrive by February 15 whereas the wheat imports would be allowed in the country till March 31.
The ECC has also approved The Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) waiver of Rs 400 per bag to ensure supply of cheap fertiliser to farmers.
Earlier, Individuals were protesting in Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta to against the ever increasing flour costs. Flour is being sold for Rs70 a kilogram in Karachi.
The administration declared that it would lift the obligation on bringing in wheat so as to control taking off flour costs. PTI pioneer Jahangir Khan Tareen reported this after he and National Food Security and Research Minister Khusro Bakhtiar were entrusted with investigating the emergency. General society is extremely worked up over the value climb and has been approaching the legislature to control it.
Prime Minister Imran Khan entrusted Tareen and Bakhtiar with settling the issue and their answer is to import more wheat. He additionally paid heed to the emergency.
When that wheat enters the market, costs will drop, said Tareen. Bakhtiar has said that flour costs will begin dropping today (Monday). He anticipated that inside four days, costs would balance out.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar paid an unexpected visit to a flour deal point in Jaranwala where he examined the stores of flour and on objections of deficiencies from people in general, expelled the associate official and colleague nourishment controller from their posts.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has given a cutoff time of Wednesday to control the flour emergency. He said PASCO has given 300,000 tons of wheat to Sindh but since of the transporters’ strike, there was a deferral in supply. He said it will land in one more day or two and will at that point be given to the flour factories.
While the government has concocted an answer for the emergency, one minister’s clarification for it dumbfounded many. Railroads Minister Sheik Rashid said individuals eat more roti in December and November, in this manner there was an emergency.
KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai has additionally encouraged oven proprietors to diminish the heaviness of every naan on the off chance that they should, however not to raise costs. He said the cost of a solitary naan or roti should remain Rs10 yet the weight could be diminished by 15g.
What’s more, that is the thing that numerous oven proprietors have begun doing. In any case, they’re coupling the scaled down weight with more significant expenses. A few ovens are selling naan at Rs12. The proprietors predict a sticker price of Rs15 per naan very soon.
Yet, with these taking off costs, it has been gotten hard for individuals to manage the cost of flour. Fine flour is evading the scope of affordability for numerous individuals .
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17 November, 2019