Protests as flour prices soar, govt promises lower prices today
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been charged with resolving the issue by Tareen and Bakhtiar and their plan is to import more wheat. He noted the situation as well.
Once that wheat comes onto the market, prices will fall, Tareen said. Bakhtiar said today (Monday) the flour prices will start to fall. He predicted prices will stabilize within four days.
Read More: Fears rise as flour prices soar in KPK
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar paid a surprise visit to a flour sale point in Jaranwala where he inspected flour stores and on reports of shortages from the public, removed from their posts the assistant commissioner and food controller.
Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah has set a Wednesday deadline for managing the flour crisis. He said PASCO had given Sindh 300,000 tons of wheat but there was a delay in supply due to the transporters ‘ strike. He said in another day or two it will arrive and then be sent to the flour mills.
Although the government has come up with a solution to the crisis, many were puzzled by one minister’s reason for it. Railway minister Sheikh Rasheed said in December and November people were eating more roti, which is why there was a crisis.
KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai has also urged tandoor owners to reduce each naan’s weight if they need to, but not raise prices. He said a single naan or roti’s price would remain Rs10 but the weight might be reduced by 15 g.
And that is what many owners of the tandoor started to do. They coupled the reduced weight with higher prices, however. A few tandoors sell naan at Rs12. The owners may soon foresee Rs15 price tag per naan.
But it has become difficult for people to afford flour with these soaring prices.
Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif at the National Assembly said in the history of the country there has never been such a flour shortage. Speaking to the London media, he said the situation in Pakistan is extremely critical.
Meat and wheat prices have risen, he said, asking the government where the wheat stocks had gone.