ISLAMABAD (APP) Utility Stores Corporation (USC) has planed to open 2000 more stores across the country in order to provide essential consumer items to more segment of population at reduced prices. The new stores will not only provide the required economic relief to the middle and lower middle income people but at the same time it will create job opportunities for the unemployed young people in the county, Sultan Mehmood said in an interview with APP on Friday. He said that the Corporation was equally active in rural as well as urban areas and it would open 100 new stores in urban whereas the same number of stores would be opened in the rural areas. Currently USC is operating 34 per cent in the urban areas and 66 per cent in the rural areas. The Corporation achieved sale of Rs. 47.89 billion in the year 2007-08, Rs. 48.73 billion in the year 2008-09, Rs. 52.932 billion in the year 2009-10 and Rs. 63.530 billion in the year 2010- 11, he said and added that the Corporation is one of the largest organization under the control of Ministry of Industries having a network of 5700 Stores spread throughout the country. He said that USC earned net profit of Rs. 602.55 million, Rs. 287.540 million, Rs. 452.051 million and Rs. 708.865 million in the years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively. Sultan Mehmood said the Corporation was also helping to reduce unemployment in the country as there are 15141 persons are working in USC across the country. He added that during last three years 10,000 new employees were accommodated in the Corporation. He further said that the Corporation had no burden on the government Ex-Chequer and all kinds of expanses including cost of salaries, wages and others are being met by the Corporation itself from the gross profit it earns. He added that it had paid Rs. 13.563 billion taxes in the National Ex-Chequer during last four years. Talking about the Corporations special role, the MD USC said apart from discharging its obligatory function of provision of essential consumer items at reduced rates, the Corporation has also accomplished its special role of provision of food security to the affected people in national disasters. He said during devastating flood 2010, the USC distributed more than one million ration bags among the flood victims and this year also it had supplied about 700,000 ration bags for the flood affected people in Sindh and Balochistan.