Govt decides to launch crackdown against elements involved in wheat hoarding July 14, 2020

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Govt decides to launch crackdown against elements involved in wheat hoarding July 14, 2020

ISLAMABAD-The government has decided to launch crackdown against elements involved in wheat hoarding across the country.

This was decided at a high level meeting presided over by the Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad today (Tuesday).

The meeting reviewed the adequate supply of wheat and flour to the people across the country and prices.

The Prime Minister on this occasion directed the Provincial Chief Secretaries to continue the policy of zero tolerance policy against adulteration and not to make any concessions in this regard.

He directed the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Chief Secretary Balochistan to ensure complete prevention of wheat smuggling. He directed that comprehensive administrative measures should be taken to further improve inter-provincial coordination and ensure equitable prices of wheat and flour across the country.

The Prime Minister directed the Chief Secretary Sindh to finalize the wheat release policy in the province as soon as possible keeping in view the experience of the last year.

He directed that the plan for implementation of the decision to import wheat to meet the future needs of wheat and flour be finalized as soon as possible.

The Chief Secretary Punjab apprised the meeting that a 20 kg bag of flour is being provided at 860 rupees across the province.

He said the Punjab government is releasing 18,000 tons of wheat on daily basis to ensure ample availability of wheat.

Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa briefed the meeting on prevention of wheat smuggling.