Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has announced that the government has decided to immediately provide Rs. 6 billion subsidy to the Utility Stores Corporation (USC) which will help to bring down the prices of essential commodities.
“The amount will substantially bring down the prices of flour, edible oil, sugar, rice and pulses,” she said in a tweet.
حکومت کی جانب سے 6 ارب روپے فوری طور پر یوٹیلیٹی سٹورز کارپوریشن کو فراہم کیے جائیں گے۔اس رقم سے آٹا گھی چینی چاول اور دالوں کی قیمتوں میں واضح کمی آئے گی۔
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) November 8, 2019
The SAPM said that the decision was taken today in a meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, held to discuss ways for providing relief to the public and bringing down the prices of essential commodities.
It was a praise-worthy step by the Prime Minister to reduce the prices of daily use items and provide relief to the consumers, she added.
The premier held three consecutive meetings on the issue in the last three days.
The prime minister had asked top officials of the Utility stores to devise a relief package for selling five essential food items on discount across the country. The five products will be available at Utility Stores throughout the country.
The Prime Minister recently held a meeting where the present situation of prices of essential items including flour, ghee, sugar, and other commodities and the steps taken to control their prices were reviewed.
Khan directed that a special cell in the Ministry of National Food Security be set up for timely decisions on the assessment of demand and supply of essential items.