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Punjab lifts ban on flour supply to KP

Punjab lifts ban on flour supply to KP

LAHORE: The Punjab government has lifted ban on the supply of flour to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

A decision to the effect was taken by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar at a meeting, attended by food ministers and secretaries of both provinces, on Monday.

Mr Buzdar said Punjab would fulfill flour needs of the KP and that the decision to restore the flour supply has been as a goodwill gesture for the people of the KP.

The flour supply to the KP would regularly be monitored and the chief minister also ordered the establishment of a joint body of two provinces to monitor the steps taken. The KP food minister welcomed the decision and thanked Mr Buzdar.

At another meeting, the chief minister reviewed steps relating to welfare and protection of rights of farmers. The meeting also reviewed proposals regarding the revision of support prices of wheat and sugarcane.

The CM pledged to protect rights of farmers and said sugar mills owners would have to issue valid receipts to sugarcane farmers and none would be allowed to usurp rights of the farmers.