On Wednesday, Prime Minster Imran Khan directed administration of Utility Stores Corporation to ensure sufficient availability of essential items.
Chairing a weekly review meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday regarding prices of essential items and their availability across Pakistan, he said that ensuring availability of essential items on affordable rates is top priority of the government.
The prime minister advised the Ministry of National Food Security to complete the estimates of kitchen items like wheat and sugar, while keeping future needs of the country at the earliest so that advance arrangements can be ensured.
He ordered all provincial chief secretaries to ensure implementation on the price list of daily, which requires an active and effective role of the administration. He said prompt action must be taken against officers in case of any negligence.
Briefing the meeting about Consumer Price Index, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that CPI was recorded as 5.7 percent in January this year, which was 14.6 percent during the last year. He said prices of sugar, eggs, and onions witnessed downward trend, while rates of wheat flour remained stable.
The meeting was informed that difference between wholesale and retail prices shows failure of market committees. Keeping this in view, the meting decided to immediately dissolve existing market committees in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is in power, and their responsibilities will be assigned to concerned district and tehsil administration till constitution of new committees comprising competent people through a transparent process.
The meeting also decided that action will be taken against the concerned Assistant Commissioner upon failing in strict enforcement of price lists.