ISLAMABAD, July 14 : Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a countrywide crackdown against hoarders of wheat on urgent basis to ensure availability of the commodity at affordable rates in the market.
Chairing a meeting the Prime minister directed early finalization of the plan to implement decision on import of wheat to meet future needs.
The Prime Minister directed taking comprehensive and systematic administrative measures to further improve inter-provincial coordination and ensure equitable prices of wheat and flour across the country.
He asked the provincial chief secretaries to ensure zero tolerance policy against adulteration of food commodities and not to make any concessions in this regard.
Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Chief Secretary Balochistan to check smuggling of wheat. He also asked the Chief Secretary Sindh to urgently finalize the wheat release policy for the province keeping in view the experience of the last year.
The Chief Secretary Punjab informed the meeting that a 20-kg bag of flour was available at Rs.860 in all cities of the province. The Punjab government is releasing 18,000 tonnes of wheat on a daily basis to ensure ample availability of wheat, while about 20 percent of flour is being sent to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said.