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    Provincial government allocated Rs. 15 billion in the budget of current financial year for subsidizing wheat flour – CM Briefing 

    Provincial government allocated Rs. 15 billion in the budget of current financial year for subsidizing wheat flour – CM Briefing

     

    Chitral Times Report

    PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is taking concrete steps to give maximum relief to the people and to reduce impacts of inflation on common man. Subsidy on wheat flour is one of those relief initiatives, and the provincial government has allocated Rs. 15 billion in the budget of current financial year for subsidizing wheat flour whereas Rs. 10 billion had been spent on wheat subsidy during the last fiscal year.

    This was told in a meeting of food department held here the other day with
    Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair. The meeting discussed and reviewed the overall performance of the department with special focus on the matters related to wheat subsidy and a strategy to meet the wheat requirements of the province. The forum also discussed other reform initiatives including process of digitalization in order to ensure transparency in the overall affairs of the department.

    Provincial Minister for Food Atif Khan, Special Assistant to CM on Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Principal Secretary to CM Amjad Ali Khan, Secretary Food Mushtaq Ahmad, Secretary Information Technology Matiullah Khan and other concerned officials attended the meeting.

    Briefing about the wheat requirements of the province, the forum was informed that 4.5 million metric ton wheat was the annual requirement of the province out of which 25% wheat was its own production and rest of 75% was being purchased from the government of Punjab and PASSCO. It was further informed that the overall mechanism related to purchase of wheat, its logistic, storage and supply to flour mills was being digitized in order to further streamline all the matters related to provide wheat flour to the people on subsidized rates. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that giving maximum relief to the people was one of the priority areas of his government for which multiple relief initiatives were underway. He said that the provincial government was giving serious considerations to give significant relief to deserving households on basic food items in the upcoming budget.

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