Punjab govt to conduct physical verification of flour, sugar stocks

Millers warned of stern action in case of non-cooperation

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LAHORE: Punjab Industries Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal and Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik jointly chaired an important meeting on Wednesday to review the actions taken against hoarders of flour and sugar.

Lahore Division Commissioner Danish Afzal, CCPO Lahore Zulfiqar Hameed and officers concerned attended the meeting in person, while divisional commissioners, RPOs, deputy commissioners, and DPOs participated through video-link.

The meeting decided to carry out physical verification of stocks in flour and sugar mills and take stern action in case of non-cooperation by the millers.

The Chief Secretary asked the administrative officers to send verified reports on stocks as soon as possible. He directed that under the anti-hoarding law action be taken against the mills that are not giving supply in the market in accordance with their stocks. These mills’ stocks must be confiscated and sold in the market at government rates within the 24 hours, added.

Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique said that it was the responsibility of the district administration to ensure the sale of flour and sugar at the official rates and the administrative officer, who is not providing relief to the people, would be removed from his post.

The meeting also decided to shift cattle markets out of the cities in connection with Eidul Azha.

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