Divisional Commissioner Larkana Division Shafiq Ahmed Mahesar said that the government has fixed the price for wheat flour at Rs45 per kg, but shopkeepers and mill owners are selling it at a rate of Rs75 per kg which is completely unfair and unlawful.
The fixed-rate at which they will be examined, how much they will be charged.
Chairing a high-level meeting of the Divisional Price Control Committee, at his office on Saturday, the commissioner said that provision of flour to people at rates fixed by the government be ensured at all costs. “No one should be allowed to stock the wheat and create an artificial shortage of the commodity,” the commissioner ordered.
He also directed officers concerned to monitor prices of wheat, flour and other commodities in order to discourage hoarders and profiteers. He said that strict action should be initiated against flour mill owners involved in selling low-weight flour bags at a high price, cheating the public.
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He directed the DCs to personally monitor the markets so as to curb the trend of profiteering and take action against those who do not display the price list clearly.
He also directed the DCs of all the five districts to keep records of wheat stored in private mills.
Commissioner directed that price control shops should be opened in all the districts and taluka headquarters and the magistrates should inquire about the rates in all the cities, and especially about the flour and other routine items.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Jacobabad said that the supply of small mills owners would not be high in this regard. He further said that the flour is obtained according to the exact price of wheat. DC Larkana attended the meeting, while DC Jacobabad, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Shikarpur and ADC-I Kambar-Shahdadkot and the other concerned officials joined the meeting through video link.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2021.