LAHORE: Punjab Cabinet, which met here Saturday accorded approval to ‘Wheat Purchase Policy for 2023- 2024’ under which a wheat purchase campaign will start from 10th of March across the province and during this drive 3.5 million metric tonnes of wheat will be purchased through 395 centres.

CM Mohsin Naqvi directed the Cabinet Standing Committee for Wheat to review the wheat purchase campaign on daily basis.

The caretaker Chief Minister presided the 8th cabinet meeting, which took historic decision aimed at promoting merit in the province and eliminating ‘recommendation culture’ by declaring null and void the decision to make inductions through departmental selection committees.

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The meeting decided to give relief to the male and female students travelling on Metro Bus service and Orange Line Metro Train by providing free travelling facilities. The CM directed Transport department to submit a summary at the earliest to provide free travelling facility to the male and female students.

The Cabinet by taking a praiseworthy step for the labourers sought a plan to run Metro Bus service at 6:00 am in the morning instead of 6:30 am.

The Cabinet also approved a plan to reduce Rs 300 billion in the circular debt with regard to food operation of Food Department. A Ministerial Committee has been constituted to review reduction of non-AC public transport fares. Approval was granted during the meeting to establish a Joint Coordination Committee for Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Murree. Approval was also granted of three years audit reports of the Punjab government’s accounts by the Auditor General of Pakistan.

Approval was granted for the appointment of the post of Vice Chancellor Lahore Garrison University.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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KU Mar 05, 2023 12:50pm
The truth and complete news behind the wheat purchase policy is that farmers have been told that they can keep only 25 maunds (1000 kg) for their use, this is not only cruel but also dumbfounded act and reminds one of the communist era systems. This is mainly due to the fact that farmers cultivated less wheat because of the high cost of fertilizer and diesel. The policymakers, as usual, do not realize that a farmer has labor expenses, and loans to be paid, and also needs this wheat for seed so that they can grow the crop next season. The farmers knew that agriculture is dying a slow death, but this action by the government will expedite the ruin of famers very soon.
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Ali Mar 05, 2023 05:13pm
Farmers in my area do not cultivate wheat anymore. Ghar maray hakoomat and policy makers.
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Yousaf Hyat Mar 05, 2023 07:24pm
Global price is US $ 320.per metric ton.
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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 05, 2023 07:33pm
Huge amounts of expired, reject and animal feed grade wheat being imported from India via Dubai and Sohar to Pakistan, and mixed with regular wheat, and sold to ordinary Pakistan. Minced meat imported in this channel is often mixed with human waste and leather industry waste as a filler.
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Syed Anwar Hussain May 15, 2023 05:35am
@KU, 100% Agree ......
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