Flour shortage issue to be resolved within two to three days, Senate told.


ISLAMABAD -- The Senate of Pakistan on Monday passed four resolutions.

The first resolution recommended the government that scholarships for admission in Medical and Dental colleges granted to the students of Balochistan and FATA by HEC be maintained and extended till 2022.

The second resolution urged the Government to take all necessary steps in coordination with the Provincial Governments to bring down the rate of population growth.

The third resolution recommended that the Government should take necessary steps to implement the "ease of doing business" programme, initiated by the present government in letter and in spirit.

The fourth resolution urged the Government to take immediate steps to provide official accommodations to all employees working in Government and semi Government departments.

Taking part in the debate on flour shortage in some parts of the country, Senator Mohsin Aziz said the government is fully aware of the issue and it will be resolved within two to three days.

The Chairman Senate Mir Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in his ruling directed the Minister for National Food Security Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar to brief the House about recent shortage of flour.

The opposition in the Upper House also criticized the mismanagement of government causing flour shortage and price hike in some parts of the country.

Taking floor of the House, Leader of the Opposition, Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq said the government has failed to manage the issue and shortage of flour is directly affecting every Pakistani.

Senator Pervaiz Rasheed lashed out at government over prevailing flour crisis. While addressing the Senate session, he said that incompetent government is unable to provide relief to people.

'Inflation is increasing with each passing day. The prevailing flour crisis in the country is the outcome of government's incompetency. They exported wheat to earn profits ignoring the country's requirement. Now the price of sugar has also hiked,' he said.

Senator Javed Abbasi in his remarks said the PTI led government has no interest in public welfare.

'This issue concerns the people of Pakistan,' said Senator Sirajul Haq, the Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. 'Pakistan is an agricultural economy,' he said, adding that it is the eighth-largest wheat producing country in the world. 'Despite this, the people of Pakistan are desperate for roti [bread],' lamented Haq.

'What is cruel is that a federal minister, standing among people, says that people eat more...

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