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PM orders bringing sugar stock out for sale in open market


Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday ordered the authorities concerned to bring the entire sugar stock for sale in the market, while also warning of strict actions against profiteers and hoarders.
The premier chaired a price control meeting in Islamabad today, wherein it was decided that sugarcane crushing would commence from November 15 across the country, in accordance with strict enforcement of crushing laws.
The forum was informed that though an adequate quantity of the commodity was available in the market, sugar prices were increased due to the closure of sugar mills in Sindh.
“Commodity prices are rising in the international market,” the PM said while addressing the meeting. “As Pakistan is dependent on imported goods, it is having an impact on the local market. However, the government is taking all possible steps to reduce the burden on the poor.”
The PM categorically stated that profiteering and hoarding will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
“The Sugar Factories (Control) Amendment Act 2021, Punjab Prevention of Hoarding Act 2020 and Punjab Registration of Godowns Act 2014 against sugar mafia and hoarders should be implemented,” the premier directed.
The PM further stated that different schemes under the Ehsaas programme, such as the Ehsaas Rashan, Kamyab Pakistan, Kisan Card and Sehat Card, had been launched to provide relief to the lower-income strata of the country.
“The government should be focused on serving the people beyond politics,” he said, adding that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was aware of the inflation’s effect on the people.
Furthermore, the PM said that people should be apprised of “real facts”, and an effective awareness campaign in this regard should be launched.
Federal ministers Hammad Azhar, Fawad Chaudhry, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Syed Fakhar Imam, Dr Farogh Naseem, Finance Advisor Shaukat Tarin, Interior and Accountability Advisor Shahzad Akbar, SAPM Dr Shahbaz Gill, and chairman FBR were present during the meeting.
Earlier, it was reported that not only consistently long queues were witnessed at utility stores since the past few days, owing to the incessant shortage of sugar, but the price of the commodity was also jacked up.
Inadequate supply of the essential commodity in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi remains a problem with almost all neighbourhood stores (kiryana) running out of sugar.
NNI adds: Meanwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the importance of morality, particularly truth and honesty, in the reformation of a nation and the society.
In a tweet on Monday, the Prime Minister said Islam’s first socio-welfare State of Medina under the guidance of Prophet Muhammd (SAAW) had become a great civilization on the basis of such principles of morality.
“Our beloved Prophet (SAAW) first raised the moral standards of the state of Medina through his own supreme example (Sadiq and Ameen) before they became one of the greatest civilisations,” the tweet read.
The prime minister also quoted Roman statesman Scipio as saying that ‘No society is fortunate when its walls are standing while its morals are in ruins’.