The first meeting of the Punjab cabinet held on Wednesday approved Rs 200 billion subsidy on flour to ensure the commodity will be available to the people at Rs 490 per 10kg bag across the province.
The eight-member cabinet’s conference was headed by Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz at the CM secretariat, which also sanctioned the constitution of the new board of Punjab Mass Transit Authority with Khwaja Ahmad Hasaan as its vice-chairman.
The provision of wheat to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was also approved, as a means to promote inter-provincial harmony and reinforce the links of national unity. It also permitted the procurement of one million metric tons of wheat from Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (Passco).
Moreover, the meeting also allowed ex-post facto approval of Ramazan Package-2022 and reconstitution of cabinet standing committees for development, finance, and legislation.
On the other hand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also decided to provide subsidized flour to the public at the rate of Rs 980 per 20kg bag and Rs 490 per 10kg bag during the current month, which will involve a subsidy of Rs 30 billion.
Sales points and shops will be established and specified across the province to provide atta to the public on subsidized rates. Wheat supply to the flour mills too will be started this month.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and attended by the provincial chief secretary, senior member board of revenue, additional chief secretary and secretaries of government departments.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that supply of flour at rupees 40 per kilogram was started in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The Information Minister said that 100 mobile stores were setup to fulfill the promise of providing flour to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at affordable price.