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Flour crisis may hit Punjab as flour mills refuse to comply with govt’s orders


LAHORE: Flour mills in Punjab refused to comply with government orders, which could lead to a flour crisis in the province.

According to details, the dangers of the flour crisis in Punjab began to loom large. The provincial government said that there was a stock of wheat and flour mills would have to pick up wheat from South Punjab. However, flour mills refused to accept the order.

Flour Mills have taken a stand that there will be a strike in Rawalpindi tomorrow and across Punjab on Tuesday. It will be very expensive to pick wheat from South Punjab. The Punjab Food Department
says that the mill owners are carrying out propaganda to satisfy their illegitimate demands.

According to the Punjab Food Department, there is no wheat crisis in the province. Unfair demands of flour mill owners cannot be accepted. Flour mills have called for a nationwide strike from Tuesday against the orders of the Punjab government.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had issued directives for the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination to ask the Sindh government to immediately release wheat to flour mills to bring down the commodity’s price in the province.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said the provincial government halted the release of 1.2 million tonnes of wheat, driving its rate up.

He had claimed that wheat is the costliest in Sindh as compared to other provinces, noting the provincial government did not procure the grain previously.