ISLAMABAD: Information and Broadcasting Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government will provide a subsidy of Rs 300 crore to provide ghee to the masses at a lower price.
At a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, she noted that ghee is available at Rs 550 per kilo in the open market, while it is available at Rs 300 per kilo through Utility Stores Corporation. This is equivalent to a subsidy of 250 rupees per kilogram of ghee.
A 10kg bag of flour is also being offered at a discount of Rs 400 through utility stores, the information minister said. She said the price of flour in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is the same as promised by Prime Minister Sheikh Baz Sharif.
She said 100 mobile units and 600 stationery outlets have been added to the system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure that wheat flour is available to the masses in the province.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that price control committees have also been constituted. She said steps are being taken to check hoarding and smuggling of the essential commodities.
The Information Minister said seventeen billion rupees have been earmarked in the budget for the provision of cheap ghee, flour and sugar to the people in the next fiscal year.
Alluding to the failures of the PTI government, she said the present government is taking steps to take the economy towards stability. A package has been announced in the budget for the agriculture sector.
She said the government has taken practical steps to provide relief to the masses.