ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed that a long term policy be framed regarding demand and supply of essential commodities, fixation of prices, reducing input costs of farmers and provision of a conducive environment to them.
He gave the directions while chairing a meeting regarding the fixation of the sugarcane price in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Prime Minister directed that the policy aimed at reducing input costs of the farmers should be framed on a priority basis.
Imran Khan also directed the competitive commission to review the relevant laws and such amendments be brought in them that ensure stability in the prices of essential commodities and discourage monopoly in the market. He stressed that the latest technology should be used for this purpose.
Regarding the fixation of sugarcane price, the Prime Minister stressed that the price of the commodity should be fixed in such a manner which not only encourage the growers but it is also accompanied by such measures that ensure the stability of sugar price in the market.
The Prime Minister said the government is giving special emphasis to the equal development of both agriculture and industrial sectors and provide relief to the masses.
The Prime Minister said strengthening the agriculture sector and providing relief to the small farmers is the top priority of the government.
The meeting decided to conduct the audit of sugar cess fund to determine whether it is being collected and used as per the policy and the law.
It was also decided that the Punjab government will take all the requisite administrative steps to ensure stability in sugar price at the ex-mill and the retail level.
The meeting decided that the Punjab government will ensure that the growers get their outstanding amounts from the sugar mills. For this purpose, the Punjab government has also been directed to do necessary legislation that carries penalty on the sugar mill owners who do not ensure timely payment to the farmers.
The Prime Minister was also informed that the Economic Coordination Committee has fixed the wheat price at 1365 rupees per forty kilogram. He was informed that this decision will bring prosperity in the lives of the farmers.