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    Chief Minister KP chaired Price review meeting 

    Chief Minister KP chaired Price review meeting

    Chitral Times Report

    PESHAWAR: A meeting to review latest prices of food items and administrative measures to control the prices of edible items was held here on Tuesday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair. The meeting reviewed the latest prices of 17 essential kitchen items including wheat flour and sugar etc.

    Chief Secretary Dr. Shehzad Bangash, Principal Secretary to CM Amjad Ali Khan, Secretary Home Khushal Khan, Secretary Food Dr. Kazim Hussain and concerned officials attended the meeting.

    The meeting also made a comparatively analysis of prices of food items in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other federating units. The meeting was told that as compared to other provinces of the country, the prices of most of the food items were on lower side in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa adding that during the last week price of seven items had decreased which include Irri, Masoor, Mong, Mash, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Sugar while price of six items remained unchanged. Moreover, the price of four items slightly increased.

    Briefing the meeting about wheat reserves in the province, it was informed that a huge stock of wheat was available in provincial reserve centers which was sufficient upto the upcoming harvesting season. A total of 7000 metric tons was being released to flour mills on daily basis. The participants were told that, in the month of December, a total of 6722 shops and 479 mills were checked while actions had been taken against 735 shops which violated the relevant laws. It was added that fines worth Rs. over 1.9 million had been imposed on violators. Briefing about sugar stock situation in the province, it was told that over 85 thousand metric tons sugar was available in stock.

    In order to control sugar prices, since 1st January a total of 2423units had been checked and warnings to 358 shops were issued while FIRs had been registered against 17 shop owners. The chief minister on the occasion directed the quarters concerned to generate report regarding prices of food items across the province on monthly basis and strictly monitor hoarding and over pricing. He further directed all district administrations to take strict action against overcharging and ensure implementation of government fixed price list in their respective districts at all cost. The chief minister also directed the authorities concerned to put in place an effective mechanism to ensure provision of urea to farmers at government fixed rates.

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