ISLAMABAD: The government has increased the wheat quota for the flour mills from 32000 to 38500 tons daily to overcome the shortage of atta in the country.In a news briefing here on Monday, Chairman, Federal Food Committee (FFC) Lieutenant General (Retd) Farooq Ahmad Khan said that the flour mills are producing 30800 tons of atta daily which is sufficient for 12 million people.
He said the country has sufficient stock of over 1.6 million tons of wheat and the crisis is not due to the shortage of the commodity.The Chairman FFC said import of 2,14,000 tons of wheat has been completed and another 2,42,000 will arrive by the end of this month. He said that wheat flour quota for the 10th of Muharram will be released on 8th of the holy month.
He said there will be no load-shedding for flour mills except from five to ten at night and there will be uninterrupted power supply to flour mills for 19 hours.Frooq Ahmad said that 5000 personnel of Civil Armed Forces have been deployed to check pilferage of wheat during transportation from godowns to flour mills and from mills to distribution points.
To a question, he said that strict measures have been taken to stem smuggling of wheat. As a result the law enforcing agencies have seized 1,80,000 kilograms of atta which was being smuggled and provided to the utility stores. He expressed the confidence that due to the measures taken by the government, the crisis will soon be overcome.-SANA