Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that hoarders will be brought to book.
According to details, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan in which the availability and prices of basic commodities especially wheat and sugar were reviewed.
The meeting was given a detailed briefing on various administrative measures taken to control prices and discourage stockpiling while briefing on the progress made in the arrival of imported wheat and sugar in the country.
Usman Dar presented to the meeting a report prepared by the Tiger Force on the availability and prices of essential commodities.
During the briefing, it was said that the official release of wheat by the Punjab government has been increased from 16,000 tons per day to 20,000 tons per day while in the next one or two days it is being increased to 25,000 tons per day.
During the briefing to the meeting, it was also informed that a crackdown on hoarders was going on as per the directive of the Prime Minister while it was being intensified.
Chief Secretary Sindh said that eighty-five thousand tons of wheat have been allocated for October 16 to 31 for which challans are being submitted while the process of regular release of wheat by Sindh government will start in next one or two days.
The Chief Secretary Punjab said that immediate release of flour has been ensured while flour mills have been directed not to store wheat in mills for long.
The Chief Secretary Punjab said that 196 Bachat Bazaars have been set up so far to ensure the supply of basic necessities to the people at affordable rates while the Bachat bazaars are being expanded to 350 and 92 farmers markets have been set up so far. There are those who are constantly being monitored.
Presiding over the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that ample supply of wheat and sugar should be ensured at the utility stores while action should be taken against the real owners of mills and warehouses involved in hoarding.
Imran Khan directed that strict action be taken against those involved in hoarding while ensuring the availability of basic necessities and all administrative measures to control prices.
Prime Minister Imran Khan further said that besides keeping abreast of the progress regarding imported wheat and sugar, the performance of convenience markets should also be kept abreast.
Federal Ministers Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mohammad Hamad Azhar, Syed Fakhr Imam, Ali Amin Gandapur, Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Mirza Shehzad Akbar, Special Assistants Dr. Shahbaz Gul, Mohammad Usman Dar, Dr. Waqar Masood were present in the meeting. Governor SBP Raza Baqir, MD Utility Stores and senior officers also attended the meeting while provincial chief secretaries attended the meeting through video link.