LAHORE: Pakistan Rangers took over the control of 349 flour mills and 77 wheat godowns in Punjab late Saturday night on the request of Federal Food Committee and the Punjab Government. Deputy Director General of Pakistan Rangers, Punjab, Brig. Qaisar Khan Tareen while talking to media person at Rangers Headquarters here on Sunday, said that Pakistan Rangers would monitor all affairs of the mills ranging from arrival of wheat consignments to mills, its grinding and then transportation and distribution to ensure that it was being reached at right places.
He said that on receiving any information about mismanagement or smuggling in this regard, the relevant district government would conduct raids under the supervision of the Rangers. All resources including helicopters would be used in the raid to tighten noose around the wheat flour mafia, he added.
Meanwhile there are reports that Pakistan Rangers Punjab will also monitor the supply, distribution and proper sale of flour to people in the open market. Secretary Food Punjab, Ahmad Yar Khan, in an interview with a state run news agency said that Punjab Government has given requisition for deployment of Pakistan Rangers in 13 districts of the province so that quick and proper sale of flour could be fully ensured to all people at their doorsteps. These districts include Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Mianwali, Sheikupura, Bhakkar, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, DG Khan and Jhang.-SANA