LAHORE: Noting that the province has over 1.56 million ton sugar stock at present, the Punjab government on Saturday directed all millers and wholesalers to declare their stocks or risk “indiscriminate action against all.”
The warning came at a high-level meeting, which was presided over by chief secretary Azam Suleman and participated in by four provincial ministers Mian Aslam Iqbal (industries), Mohsin Laghari (irrigation), Noaman Langrial (agriculture) and Samiullah Chaudhry (food).
The meeting reviewed strategy to launch crackdown on hoarders and stockists in the province. The secretary (food) briefed that at present about 1.56 million metric ton sugar is available in Punjab. The provincial ministers expressed satisfaction over availability of sufficient stocks but it was decided in view of Ramazan that in order to stabilise prices all sugar mills and wholesalers would be bound to declare their stocks and stern action would be taken against violators.
Meeting reviews strategy to act against hoarders
Asking all the commissioners and regional police officers to be alert, the chief secretary said information about those creating artificial crisis of sugar had been obtained and a crackdown on hoarders and profiteers would be launched after getting orders from the government.
The meeting also decided that the four provincial ministers, their departments, experts and farmers would work collectively for crop management and devise a future strategy so that production could be enhanced.
The meeting was also attended by additional chief secretary (home), administrative secretaries of industries, agriculture, irrigation and food departments, Lahore commissioner, capital city police officer whereas divisional commissioners and RPOs participated through video conferencing.
Published in Dawn, February 9th, 2020