KARACHI: The government will overcome the wheat flour crisis in Sindh by Tuesday or Wednesday, citing Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Sunday.
Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) had allotted 3,00,000 tons of wheat to Sindh, which is being transported from Punjab and Balochistan, the chief minister said.
The wheat supply to the province was delayed due to recent goods transport strike, Shah clarified.
Talking on the issue, chief minister said that 70,000 bags of wheat have been transported to Karachi, while 50,000 bags will reach tomorrow.
The provincial minister criticised the federal government for being occupied with blaming Sindh while there were queues lined up in Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta of people for flour. “The PTI government cannot put up this act for much longer where it blames others to hide its own incompetence,” he added.
Meanwhile, nanbais in Punjab and KP have also asked the government to provide them flour at the previous rate or to allow them to increase the price of naan and roti. While their associations in Punjab have given the government a five-day ultimatum, those in KP have announced a strike against the government on Monday.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the shortage of wheat in Sindh is due to the negligence of the provincial government, not the federal government.
Addressing a press conference in Sialkot on Sunday, Awan said: “After the Sindh government’s negligence in not buying flour in a timely manner, 400,000 tonnes of wheat were given to the province from the federal government’s strategic reserves on the directives of the prime minister.”
Earlier today, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Khusro Bakhtiar on Sunday claimed that wheat flour prices will start reducing across the country by tomorrow (January 20).
According to details, the flour’s prices has surged by Rs 6 per kg and a bag of 1 kilogram flour will be sold at Rs 70. This has been witnessed for the second time in the past couple of weeks. The prices has been hiked by Rs2o in PTI’s government period.