12 flour mills issued notices. 265400 wheat bags seized

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
On the directives of provincial minister for food and health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, during crackdown in two days against flour mills over increasing flour prices and grinding low quality wheat, 12 flour mills have been issued showcause notices and 265400 wheat bags, each of 100 kg, imported from Ukraine and Russia have been seized. Teams of Sindh Food Department raided in districts centre, west and Malir and found stock of 39600 wheat bags in A.R.Flour mills,32500 in Masoom Roller Flour Milss, 15000 in Blessing Flour Mills,21400 in Iqra Flour Mills, 16400 in MSK flour Mills, 30973 in Farhan Flour Mills, 16400 in Qureshi Flour Mills, 23800 in Ajwa Flour Mills, 15927 in Asia Flour Mills , 18500 in Indus Flour Mills, 19000 in Moon Flour Mills and 15900 in Q &Q Flour mills that was more than the requirement and against the law. These wheat bags were imported from Ukraine and Russia which is low quality wheat. All these flour mills have been issued showcause notices because according to the law a flour mill can retain/stock 5000 wheat bags for ten days.
Provincial minister for food and health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has demanded federal government to take such steps to discourage import of low quality wheat and the permission in this regard may be cancelled. He , while terming the increase in flour prices as illegal and unjust, warned the profiteers to keep themselves away from such activities otherwise strict action would be taken against them.

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
On the directives of Provincial Minister for Food and Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar a crackdown has been launched against those flour mills which have increased flour prices illegally and without any justification and three flour mills have been issued show cause notices in this regard. According in details district food controllers raided various flour mills in districts centre and west and found 39600 wheat bags in A.R. Flour mills, 32500 in Masoom Roller mills and 15000 in Blessing Roller Flour Mills which were stocked there and were more than prescribed law. Over the charges of keeping more wheat bags than required and increasing flour prices, these flour mills have been issued showcase notices.
According to the law a flour mill can retain/stock 5000 wheat bags for ten days and certain flour mills purchased wheat at old rates and increased flour prices without any valid reason Provincial Minister for food and health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, while terming increase in flour prices as illegal and unjust, has ordered to launch crackdown against those who having increased prices, are trying to mint money illegally.
Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has demanded federal government to immediately ban on import of wheat from Ukraine because it will badly effect the prices of wheat in local market. Federal Minister Sikandar Hayat Bostan has assured Provincial Minister for Food that the federal government will take the matters seriously and try to resolve it at its earliest. It is to mention here that due to glut of wheat imported from abroad may cause bad effects on wheat and flour produced at local level. Federal Government had allowed the importers to import 10 lac metric tons wheat from Ukraine and out of which 6.5 lac metric tons wheat has arrived in Pakistan. Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that the wheat imported from Ukraine is of low standard and it is not good for human consumption. Besides this in a meeting on Wednesday the Sindh Cabinet has also proposed federal government to impose ban on import of wheat and its by-products and also to impose 20% regularity duty on wheat and its by-products either imported by importers and flour millers. The Sindh Cabinet has also proposed federal government to fix support price of Rs.1300 per KG for crop year 2014-15.
Sindh Food Department has directed flour mills to intimate the quantity of wheat stocks and to provide sample of imported wheat to the concerned district food controller for its examination to confirm its quality as per required standard and to be fit human consumption.