Ramzan package to facilitate lower income

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Ijaz Khan

ISLAMABAD

Government will provide Rs1.73 billion subsidy under Ramzan Relief Package to provide essential daily commodities at subsidised rates at all utility stores across the country.

This was said by Minister of State for Industries and Production, Arshad Leghari during a press conference on Monday.

The minister said that the daily commodities are available at Utility Stores Corporation (USC) countrywide network as the package had started on Monday.

The USC has also set up a control room at its head office to receive complaints from the consumers and the consumers can also call to register their complaints.

The Daily Morning Mail has learnt that the subsidy is offered on more than 19 food items. The government has offered more than Rs1.73 billion for subsidy and a relief of 5 per cent to 80 per cent would be offered. The offer would be continued till the last day of Ramzan.

The Managing Director of Utility Stores Cooperation (USC) Habib ur Rehman has formally launched the subsidy offer on Monday. Addressing the gathering, the managing director vocalized his determination to ensure availability of relief food items at all utility stories across the country.

He said that all preparations had been made to provide relief to the masses. The managing director said that no leniency will be practiced with the staff whose involvement in corruption would be discovered. Habib ur Rehman told that in order to keep the relief package safe from corruption, special anti-corruption committees have been established across the country. The committees will pay surprise visits to the utility stores and assess the performance of the workers.

USC would provide Rs4 per kg subsidy on wheat flour (atta), Rs5 per kg on sugar and Rs15 per kg on Ghee respectively, whereas Rs10-15 per kg subsidy will be given on different pulses including moong, mash and gram.

He said Rs30 per kg subsidy is being provided on dates and Rs25 per kg on gram flour (baisen) and Rs15 per kg on rice, whereas Rs50 per kg subsidy is being provided on tea and 50,000 metric tons of flour, 40,000 metric tons sugar and 30,000 metric tons of ghee will be provided on controlled rates to consumers through its outlets across the country.

Leghari informed that under Ramzan Package, price of gram pulse will be Rs95 per kg, while that of moong pulse would be Rs90 per kg.

Similarly, he said pulse mash would be sold at Rs105 per kg, pulse masoor at Rs80 per kg, white gram at 140 per kg, gram flour at Rs120 per kg, date (500 gram) Rs75, and Super Basmati rice would be available at Rs110 per kg.

Additionally, USC will also reduce the prices of essential food and non-food items under different brands from 5 to 10 per cent by obtaining special discount from the vendors and suppliers.

Rehman informed that the USC board will decide about the confirmation of jobs of daily wage as well as the contractual employees.

He said that more than 1,000 stores running in loss will be merged in profit earning stores in Pakistan. He pointed out that in the past this cooperation was looted, and now no single person would be allowed to dirt their hands in malpractice.

He informed the media persons that many cases of corrupt officials are under trial in FIA and NAB. The cooperation has facilitated the process of filing hundreds of cases against the corrupt officials.

He said the relief package is essentially established for the poor masses. Special committees have been formed with the aim of securing it from the corrupt elements.

He informed that as many as five utility stories would be computerized in every region and these stores will be connected with Regional Warehouse so that unnecessary supply and other issues can be addressed.

He expressed hope that if this experiment emerged as a success, an additional number of utility stores will be computerized in the future.

 

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