Evolve strategy to provide wheat flour on cheaper rates to the poor segment of society: CM

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the management of food department to discuss deliberate and evolve a strategy to provide wheat / flour to the targeted poor segment of the society on cheaper and affordable rates.
He directed that till, their plan is implemented they should ensure that the benefits of the subsidy of Rs 3 billion provided on the wheat should be trickled down up to grass root level. This he directed while presiding over a meeting about provision of subsided wheat / flour to the poorest of poor, held at CM House Karachi.
The Sindh Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Dahar, Advisor to Chief Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary to CM Allamuddin Bullo, Secretary Food, Additional Secretary Agriculture, Director Food and other officers attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh has shortage of wheat, and it has storage of 858, M. Ton in hand at present. He said that Sindh Govt has spent Rs 3 billion for the subsidy on wheat to maintain the stability in the prices of wheat flour at reasonable rate within the reach of common man in the province.
He said It was because of the mechanism evolved by the Sindh Govt that price of wheat flour was more lower than, it prevailing in Punjab.
However, the Chief Minister directed the officers concern to discuss and deliberate and evolve strategy, enabling the Sindh Govt to provide what / flour to poorest of poor’s on more concessional prices as compared to present.
He also directed that this mechanism must be flawless and enable to trickle down its benefits to real consumers and there should be no chances of misuse.
The Chief Minister Sindh said that the selection of targeted poor people must be transparent and standard, acceptable to every individual and organization.