Govt set to take action against increase in price of wheat, flour

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday has resolved to take all possible measures to control the price of wheat and flour and overcome shortage of both products. 

The decision was taken in a high-level meeting held at the Finance Division on Tuesday with the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the chair to review the wheat and flour situation in the country and the causes for recent increase in wheat and flour prices, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. 

During the meeting which was convened on the direction of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, various issues with regard to increase in the prices of wheat and flour were highlighted and it was resolved that the government would take all possible measures to control the price of wheat and flour and overcome shortages. 

The government has also directed the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to prepare and present a summary on the matter to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) so that action can be taken at the cabinet level.

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Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Adviser to Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Hussain, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Punjab Senior Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, secretary finance, secretary national food security and research, secretary industries and production and chief secretary Punjab attended the meeting in person while the chief secretaries of Sindh, KP and Balochistan attended the meeting on via online video conferencing. 

 

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