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CM wants monthly report on food prices in province

CM wants monthly report on food prices in province

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan here on Tuesday directed the quarters concerned to prepare a regular monthly report regarding prices of food items across the province and check hoarding of commodities.

He directed all the district administrations to take strict action against overcharging and ensure implementation of prices fixed by the government in their respective districts at all costs, according to a statement issued here.

Mahmood Khan also ordered the authorities concerned to put in place an effective mechanism to ensure provision of urea to farmers at the government fixed rates.

The chief minister issued these directives while chairing a meeting to review the latest prices of food items and administrative measures to control the rates of edible items.

Orders provision of urea to farmers at fixed rate

The meeting reviewed the prices of 17 essential kitchen items, including wheat flour, sugar, etc. Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, home secretary Khushal Khan, food secretary Kazim Hussain and other relevant officials attended the meeting.

On this occasion, a comparative analysis of prices of food items in all the provinces was made and the meeting noted that the prices of most of the food items were on lower side in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the statement.

The meeting was told that during the last week prices of seven items had decreased which included masoor, mong, mash, potato, tomato and sugar, while prices of six items remained unchanged. Moreover, the prices of four items registered a slight increase, according to the statement.

The meeting was informed that a huge stock of wheat was available in the provincial reserve centres, which was sufficient till the upcoming harvest season.

It was stated that a total of 7,000 metric tons wheat was being released to flour mills on daily basis. The participants were told that a total of 6,722 shops and 479 mills were checked in December while actions had been taken against 735 shops which violated the relevant laws.

The meeting was informed that a stock of over 85,000 metric tons sugar was available in the province. In order to control sugar prices, a total of 2,423 shops had been checked since January 1 and warnings issued to 358 of them.

Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2022

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