ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the provincial governments to launch mobile applications to update the consumers on the prices of eatables on daily basis and take strict action against those creating artificial inflation.
Chairing a meeting to review the prices of eatables and control inflation at Prime Minister (PM) Office, the prime minister asked the provinces to follow the suit of the Islamabad administration that had already launched a similar mobile application ‘Darust Daam’ updating the prices of the eatables on daily basis from where the consumers would also be able to register complaints against those found overcharging.
The meeting was attended by Minister for planning Khusro Bakhtiar, Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, special assistants to PM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and Yousuf Baig Mirza, Punjab Food Minister Samiullah Chaudhry, Punjab Agriculture Minister Noman Langrial and senior officials.
The prime minister said it was essential to fully activate the Tehsil level market committees to end the monopoly of the profiteers and keep the prices under control.
He directed the commerce ministry for early launch of a program to distribute flour bags among poor under Ehsaas Program. He also asked for ensuring the availability of daily use items on utility stores across the country and maintaining a strict check to avoid any shortage of the commodities.
The meeting also examined the shortage of seasonal vegetables, in what the prime minister instructed for considering all options including timely import besides devising a coordinated strategy.
The prime minister directed the provincial governments to launch crackdown against profiteers and hoarders and keep strict check on prices of daily use items.
The meeting reviewed the measures taken by the Punjab, KP and Balochistan governments to regulate the supply and availability of wheat and fluctuation of prices. The prime minister was apprised that Punjab and KP governments had taken satisfactory steps to store wheat and control its price.
He directed the Economic Coordination Committee to furnish proposals and take immediate decisions including import of wheat and other administrative measures to stabilize wheat and flour prices.
It was told that the flour prices had increased owing to the disturbance of the demand and supply chain as the Sindh government had not purchased wheat this year.
Taking notice of the matter, the prime minister directed the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation to immediately release 100,000 tons of wheat to Sindh and 150,000 tons to KP provinces to stabilize the prices of wheat and flour in the market.
He said while acting against the hoarders, the provincial governments should ensure that the growers and farmers did not face any exploitation and the commission agents did not make undue profit.
The prime minister also called for making the supply chain of eatables easy and transparent and asked the provincial administrations to come up with a coordinated mechanism in this regard.