Flour crisis: Nanbais shutter down strike enters second day
Nanbais shutter down strike continued on second consecutive day on Tuesday in Peshawar after talks with government did not run successfully.
The Nanbai Association has protested against rising grain prices and suspension of Punjab’s wheat supply. The association says the price of flour has risen tremendously because flour does not come from Punjab; therefore it is not possible to sell nan at old rates.
The association has said the strike will continue until a new list of rates is released. Local authorities detained four Nanbai on Monday for having their shops shut down.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar announced on Monday that the Government of Punjab has agreed on a daily basis to send “5,000 tons” of wheat to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
CM Punjab said it is their responsibility to help the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding that the Punjab Government will provide wheat from its stock as a gesture of goodwill to help overcome the shortage of flour.
Meanwhile, in a meeting on Monday, the Cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) decided to allow imports of 0.3 million tons of wheat to lower its prices on the local market, following a reported shortage of wheat that led to the country’s flour prices escalating.