Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2020
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No flour crisis in Punjab, claim Punjab ministers

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LAHORE: Punjab ministers on Tuesday claimed that there is not any flour crisis in the province.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Tuesday, Punjab Minister for Information and Culture, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said that there is no shortage of wheat across the province, adding that due to negligence of Sindh government, people of Sindh province are facing shortage of wheat.

Criticising Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhuto Zardari, Sindh government and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, the provincial minister said that Bilawal tried to do politics on the issue while the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president had said only a miracle can save, adding that the incompetency of both leaders have put the people in trouble,

The minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar controlled the wheat flour crisis with right decisions and effective measures.

Punjab Minister for Industries & Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal said that the PML-N provided an additional Rs9 billion subsidies during its tenure, while the PTI government saved Rs7 billion.

Flour mills having quota send wheat abroad but the PTI government will fight against the mafia, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Food Minister Samiullah Chaudhary said 482 sale points have been established across the Province for the provision of flour to people.

He said that 20 kg flour bag is available in market at 790 rupees. The provincial minister reiterated the government s resolve to defeat hoarders and profiteers. He said that indiscriminate actions are being taken against profiteer, hoarders and those who sold wheat in open market.