Government attaches top priority to provision of relief to public: Sindh ministers.

KARACHI -- The government attached top priority to relief and rehabilitation of flood affected population while special initiatives had been taken to provide subsidised flour to people across the province.

It was sated by provincial minister for information Sharjeel Inam Memon, local government minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and food minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla in a joint press conference here on Wednesday at Sindh Archives Complex.

They said that Sindh government was providing a subsidy of Rs.25 billion for ensuring supply of flour at discounted rate of Rs. 65 per kg to public and 700 centres had been set up across the province for the purpose.

They said that the country was facing a gigantic challenge of rehabilitation of millions of Pakistanis affected by floods which required joint efforts by the entire nation particularly the political leadership must rise above the political differences and motives in these challenging times for the cause.

'Our entire leadership including Sindh Chief Minister, Sindh Cabinet members, MPAs as well as MNAs are focusing on providing maximum relief to the people of Sindh and the provincial government has started providing flour at subsidised rate,' they said.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon at the occasion said that for public convenience flour was being provided at discounted rates through shops, stalls and mobile trucks while list of the 700 centres and their mobile numbers have been published in all major newspapers for public information.

He said that all the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners have been strictly instructed to prevent misuse of the facility.

Mukesh Kumar Chawla informed that 25,000 bags of flour were made available in Karachi the previous day and all the bags were sold out by the evening. The daily requirement of wheat in Karachi was 400,000 sacks while 800,000 sacks of wheat were required in the entire Sindh province, he added.

The subsidised flour was available at 80% designated centres on the day and measures were being taken to ensure availability of the flour at all the centres within a couple of days, he said. After introduction of cheaper flour it was expected...

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