Decision announced over govt raids on wheat godowns
The flour mills of Punjab have decided to go on a strike across the province to protest against raids conducted by the Punjab Food Authority.
According to mill owners, they are required to keep wheat in their godowns for 72 hours for milling purposes. The mills, however, don’t even have enough wheat to last them for 24 to 48 hours now.
They have complained that the food authority has restricted mills from buying wheat from the open market. This has led to a shortage in the supply of raw material at the warehouses.
Flour Mills Association Chairperson Asim Raza said that flour mills were their homes and the government was violating their rights by stepping into their homes.
“We won’t tolerate this disrespect,” he said blaming the government for forcefully taking away wheat from them.
Earlier Saturday morning, the Punjab Flour Mills Association had announced an increase in the price of a 20kg sack of flour to Rs825 from Rs805.
They say they had to hike the cost by Rs20 because they were being provided wheat at a higher rate.
On the other hand, the Punjab Food Department has tightened screw against hoarders and profiteers. Multiple people have been arrested in recent raids for hoarding thousands of mounds of wheat.