ISLAMABAD: Sixty-six percent (66%) of a National Sample of respondents from the rural and urban areas of all four provinces say they have lately faced difficulties in obtaining aata (flour) for their daily food consumption. Says a survey report issued by Gallup Pakistan Tuesday.
According to the report, the remaining 34% said they did not facing difficulties. Among those facing the nature of problem has ranged from price hike to quality, long ques and simple unavailability. Price hike is the most frequently cited reason by 57% of those claiming difficulty in obtaining flour for daily food needs. This is followed by other reasons such as poor quality cited by 13%, standing in ques to buy it cited by 10% and simple unavailability cited by 18%. The remaining did not provide an answer.
To know that who was responsible for the scarcity, sixty-two percent (62%) of all respondents hold the previous government responsible for the crisis. The remaining blame it on traders and flour-mill owners (27%), growers (5%) and miscellaneous (6%). The respondents were also asked their view on whether the crisis was a shortage created by conspiracy or a real shortage. Views were divided on this. Forty-two percent (42%) believed it was a real shortage, while 58% said they viewed it as a conspiracy.
Responding to the rising oil prices, fifty-nine percent (59%) of a national sample of respondents in both rural and urban areas of Pakistan opined that they expect higher prices of oil to severely affect their personal lives. Another 36% believed it would have some effect although not severe. Only 5% believed the higher prices of oil will not affect their life.
The sample for the survey comprised 1664 men and women distributed in the rural and urban areas of all four provinces. They represented a cross section of various age, income and other socio-economic backgrounds. The field-work was conducted face to face during April 20-21, 2008. The error margin in this kind of survey is estimated to be +3-5% at a 95% confidence level.-SANA