LAHORE: Mill owners in Lahore have increased the prices of flour by up to Rs2 per kilogramme, it was learnt on Monday.
According to a survey conducted by Profit, the price of flour has gone up from Rs76 to Rs78 per kg in the provincial capital, with people expressing concerns over rising flour prices.
Muhammad Afzal, a resident of Ichra, said that no relief has been extended to the people by the government. “Flour is a basic need of the people and it is a matter of concern that prices are rising by every passing day. The government is making poor policies that only result in higher inflation rate. It should immediately take notice of the rising prices of flour and provide relief to the people.”
Muhammad Taj, a resident of Gawalmandi, told this scribe that he earned Rs15,000 a month and was now worried about the rising prices and unavailability of flour. “It has become difficult for the common man to buy flour, as the prices are rising day by day. The poor man is in distress. Incomes are declining and inflation is rising. The government claims to provide relief to the people but its implementation is nowhere to be seen.”
Meanwhile, Lahore Aata Chakki Owners Association General Secretary Abdul Rehman said that the price of flour was increasing due to a severe shortage of wheat in Punjab. “Wheat in grain markets has reached Rs2,500 per 40 kg while the government has failed to overcome the wheat crisis.”
It is pertinent to mention that last month, the mill owners had increased the prices of flour by Rs4 per kg.