ISLAMABAD: Government has decided to further accelerate administrative measures against the hoarding of essential commodities.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Monday which reviewed the prices of essential commodities.
It was decided to take all necessary steps to curb smuggling of wheat, onion, tomato and other items from the eastern and western borders.
The meeting discussed at length various proposals to stabilize and bring down the prices of items such as wheat flour, sugar, potato, tomato, onion, ghee and pulses.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab governments were asked to review the proposals to bring down the prices of wheat flour.
It was decided in the meeting to double the wheat procurement target this year in order to bring stability in the commodity’s price
As regards sugar, it was decided that the sugar advisory board through third party evaluation will determine its price so that a reasonable rate for the commodity could fixed at the official level.
The meeting directed the Commerce Ministry to frame a mechanism in consultations with the stakeholders in order to pass on the relief of reduction in the international prices of ghee to the masses.
Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said bringing stability in prices of essential commodities and reducing them to the possible level is among top priorities of the government.
He said the government has focused its entire attention on the provision of relief to the poor people so that they could get essential commodities at reasonable prices and the burden of inflation on these segments could be reduced.
The Prime Minister said special attention should be given to check smuggling and hoarding.
He directed the provincial governments to immediately review proposals regarding reducing prices so that it could be formally announced.