USC to acquire 53,333 tons of wheat flour, NA body told

USC to acquire 53,333 tons of wheat flour, NA body told

A labourer grinds wheat into flour at a market in Rawalpindi on January 20, 2020. – Local media reports said that Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee on January 20 approved a proposal to import 300,000 tons of wheat to overcome a nationwide shortage that had dramatically raised prices of the food staple. 

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Industries and Production was educated on Monday that the Utility Stores Corporation (USC) was obtaining 53,333 tons of wheat flour which would be sold at financed rates.

In any case, the board was educated by USC Managing Director Umer Lodhi that right now 1,103 tons of wheat flour was accessible with the company. He said 200,000 tons of wheat was given to the USC by the administration and subsequent to crushing it, flour had been circulated to all USC outlets.

The director of the NA board, Sajid Hussain Turi, asked about the value distinction between the products, fundamentally wheat flour, being sold at USC outlets and the open market.

Mr Lodhi educated the advisory group that wheat flour was less expensive by Rs5-10 for every kilogram at USC outlets and after the ongoing arrival of Rs6 billion endowment, the cost had been streamlined at Rs40 per kilogram. He said that the appropriation sum had been discharged to USC outlets.

The individuals from the advisory group communicated worry over the lack of wheat flour in the nation.

Overseeing executive says there is no lack of item at utility stores

The USC overseeing executive said there was no lack of wheat flour at USC outlets, however there were reports of scramble purchasing which was irritating the circumstance in certain territories.

The advisory group was likewise educated about the circumstance of sugar’s stock at USC outlets which was being sold at Rs75 per kilogram. The open market pace of sugar is around Rs80 at retail end, while it is less everywhere money and convey stores.

The budgetary administration of the USC was likewise talked about in the gathering. Mr Lodhi educated the advisory group that around 50 percent pending liabilities to contractual workers had been discharged and the rest of the sum would be discharged throughout the following a half year. The USC had enormous pending liabilities of Rs8.3bn, which have now been diminished to Rs3.9bn.

Security system

The panel likewise asked about security gauges in privately produced and amassed vehicles. It was educated that there was no component regarding security and standard for vehicles in the nation.

Authorities of the Ministry of Indus­tries and Production educated advisory group that it was not its order to guarantee standard and nature of privately amassed autos and different vehicles, however it was the immediate duty of its joined office, the Engineering Development Board (EDB).

Enterprises Secretary Afzal Latif said that presently there was no Pakistani standard for nature of vehicles and their parts. He likewise said that at present there was no component to check the standard of vehicles or their parts in the nation.

He included that the standard improvement and requirement was the order of the Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) which was a joined division of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Yet, an authority of the EDB present in the board of trustees said that standard for the auto part was neither the order of the PSQCA nor some other government division.

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