April 21, 2014
KARACHI – Despite tall claims of Sindh government to start action against illegal stocking of wheat, the hoarding the food commodity is on rise by the traders with aim to transport it to the neighbouring Afghanistan and other provinces from the Sindh province.
In this regard, the Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar while warning to the wheat hoarders has said that they should sell their hoarded wheat within 24 hours at procurement centres of food department otherwise their hoarded wheat will be confiscated and strict action will also be taken against hoarders. He said that hoarding of wheat was punishable crime by the law and if the hoarded wheat was not sold in given time, the hoarded wheat would be confiscated. Provincial minister for food also directed deputy directors, district food controllers and food inspectors of food department to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of wheat hoarders and launch a crackdown against them in three days if they did not sell their hoarded wheat. And if the officers failed to do so, departmental procedure would be initiated against them. Beside this Food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has categorically rejected the allegations of Chaudhary Muhammad Yusuf the chairman of Pakistan Flour mills Association S
indh chapter and said that wheat is being supplied regularly to Karachi and Sindh food department has not stopped movement of wheat from Sindh producing areas to Karachi. He added, ‘From 11 April to 17 April, 173,658 wheat bags have been provided to Karachi and still flour mills of Karachi have stock of 25 thousand tons wheat.
Jam Mehtab Hussain told that during that period record of 503 trucks carrying wheat to Karachi was maintained at Kathore Check post, while almost same number trucks went to Karachi without stopping at the check post. He said that food department had no discrimination against the people of Karachi, only those vehicles were stopped which had incomplete papers.
He said that additional chief secretary food Muhammad Naseer Jamali had a meeting with Pakistan flour mills association on 19 April to resolve the issues of the association. He said an inquiry committee had been constituted under vigilance officer Jamshaid which would submit its report in three days. ‘There is no shortage of wheat in five districts of Karachi because government believes in solving the problems of the people. ‘He concluded.