KP flour millers call off strike on govt’s assurances

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Flour Mills Association on Wednesday decided to call off their strike after the acceptance of their demands by the provincial food ministry.

Food Minister Qalandar Khan Lodhi met a delegation of the association at his office. Food Secretary Khushal Khan and Director Zubair Ahmed were also present on the occasion.

Lodhi said that the ministry has accepted the demands which were resolvable up to the departmental level and were in the best interest of the people. However, he added, if the department’s conditions are not met, the authorities could reconsider their decision.

He stated that the decision led to a subsidised and steady supply of flour to the citizens.

“The demands that are still unresolved up to the level/jurisdiction of the food department will be forwarded to the relevant forums,” Lodhi assured.

The members of the association apologised for their strike without written notice. They also announced their decision to end the strike immediately.

The minister said that the association has also agreed to collect the government’s wheat quota, adding that the supply of flour to the people was among the top priorities of the department.

He further said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, he would spare no effort to provide relief to the public.

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