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Sindh government provides subsidy of Rs68 crore for wheat: Qaim Ali Shah

Karachi, January 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah today presided a meeting regarding increasing price of Atta (flour), held today at Chief Minister House. The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Food Minister Mir Nadir Ali Magsi, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, Principal Secretary to C.M Muhammad Siddiq Memon, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr. Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary Food Mr. Aftab Ahmed Memon, and others.

Chief Minister Sindh took serious notice of increase in prices of Atta in the province and said that this trend of illegal profiteering, un-authorized hoarding and disposal/sale of wheat on excess prices to any other country can not be tolerated at any cost.

He warned the traders, businessmen and salesmen to refrain from increasing the price of atta and said that the provincial government has decided to provide subsidy of Rs.68 crore for two months on wheat so as to provide atta on reasonable rate to poor people of province.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah added that government machinery at all levels will ensure control of price of atta in the province. It was decided that Sindh Food Department will provide wheat to flour mills on subsidized rate and atta ex-mill price will be Rs.33/- per k.g while the atta will be sold at Rs.34.50 per k.g on retail to consumers and people.

Chief Minister Sindh directed all Deputy commissioners of the province to ensure provision of atta on subsidized rate of Rs.34.50 per k.g to people and all out efforts and measures be evolved to follow and implement the decisions in letter and spirit. He further directed that special magisterial teams be formed to have constant vigilance on supply of wheat and atta, and supply of atta to people on price fixed by the government. It was decided that those retailers, traders and businessmen, who will violate the decisions and directives, will be dealt accordingly. It was decided that stern action will be taken against violators.

Earlier, the Secretary Food Mr. Aftab Ahmed Memon informed the meeting that there is total stock of 6,80,239 metric tones wheat with Food Department. According to break up, there is stock of 73507 tonnes of wheat in Karachi Region, 95977 tonnes in Hyderabad, 352123 tonnes in Sukkur, 78097 tonnes in Mirpurkhas while there is stock of 80534 tonnes of wheat in Larkana Region.

He informed that during last month of December 2012 and price in open market for 100 k.g bag was Rs.3100 to Rs.3150 per 100 k.g while the, the Government issue price of 100 k.g bag was Rs. 2800/- while in open market, the price of 100 k.g bag wheat is Rs. 3160 to Rs.3480/-

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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