MULTAN
The Punjab government is learnt to have directed the district coordination officers of all the districts of the province to send complete details of unsold state lands and other assets in order to meet expenditures by selling out these assets .
Sources disclosed that the provincial government sought the report with a view to implementing its vision of selling out state assets for matching its expenditures. The vision of selling out state property to generate funds was introduced by Shahbaz government during its previous term and a number of assets were sold out. However, many assets could not be sold because of reasons like low bid or court stay orders.
Sources disclosed that the provincial government has directed the DCOs to send the likely prices of the remaining properties along with the details of still available-for-sale assets . Meanwhile, Additional District Collector Multan Ali Akbar Bhatti is learnt to have directed all TMAs, MDA, Assistant Commissioners and all other provincial departments to send a detailed report on available land and its likely price. The provincial government has sent a performa which is to be filled in by the heads of all departments.
FARMERS DEMAND INCREASE IN WHEAT SUPPORT PRICE: The Kissan Board Pakistan threatened the government on Wednesday that the farmers would cease sowing wheat and sugarcane if the government declined to increase support prices for these commodities as demanded by growers.
The warning was hurled by KBP President Sardar Zafar Khan while addressing the participants of a sit-in here at Nawan Shehr Chowk. Dozens of farmers participated in the sit in to protest government’s agricultural policies.
The KBP president demanded that the government should fix wheat price at Rs 1,500 per maund and sugarcane Rs230. He lamented that the current democratic government pursued the policies of former regime and refused to increase support prices of agricultural commodities despite horrible increase in the prices of agricultural inputs.
“If the growers stopped sowing wheat and sugarcane, the government will have to spend precious foreign exchange on import of wheat and sugarcane,” he warned. He lamented that the current rate did not compensate even production cost as a result of which the farmers were faced with a serious crisis. KBP South Punjab president Malik Fayyazul Hassan Bhutta pointed out that the government released less water in the canals of South Punjab than their quota as a result of which the agriculture of this region faced severe scarcity of irrigation water. He warned that the farmers would block all major roads across the country if the government declined to bring electricity tariff down and change its cruel agriculture policy. “In first phase, we’ll stage sit-in on Mall Road Lahore and observe hunger strike till death,” he threatened.