ISLAMABAD: Managing Director of Utility Stores Corporation Umer Lodhi on Friday said the Utility Stores Corporation would provide necessary food items to people at their doorsteps during the holy month of Ramadan.
Talking to PTV, the managing director said the Utility Stores would expand its ‘grocery store services’ on wheels during Ramadan to provide quality, affordable and fresh products to the people in remote areas.
He said all the items from the Ramadan relief package would be available in the wheel stores.
The USC ‘Ramadan Relief Package’ will start from April 10 (tomorrow) at all the utility stores of the country with fixed price and available stock, where subsidy will be given over 19 essential commodities up to 10 to 15 per cent.
According to official source, this year subsidy was increased for common people as compared to previous years and the government had also directed the management of all stores to devise an effective price control mechanism and ensure availability of essential daily use items during Ramadan.
The source mentioned that Ramadan package would be applicable on different items including sugar, wheat flour, pulses, gram flour, dry dates, rice, tea, oil, ghee, baisen, beverages and tetra pack milk.
Under the proposed package, the USC would subsidize 19 essential items, entailing subsidy equivalent to about Rs 7.8 billion including wheat flour, sugar and ghee which have significant differential vis-a-vis prevailing prices in the domestic markets.
Source said all basic food items are now available on utility store outlets at fixed prices, 10 to 15 per cent lower than the open market, which will continue to be available till the end of Ramadan.
The government’s relief package is aimed at providing basic food items and commodities at subsidized rates through the country’s 4,000 outlets of the Utility Stores Corporation (USC).