ISLAMABAD - Chairman National Assemblys Standing Committee on Commerce Engr Khurram Dastagir Khan Thursday said that due to the ongoing sugar crisis, the government faced loss of Rs800 million as the whole crisis was the result of connivance between Ministries of Commerce, Industries & Production and Sugar Mills Association. He said this while talking to the media persons after chairing the meeting of NA Standing Committee on Commerce at the Parliament House. The government imported sugar at a time when its prices were high in the international market, he said. Khurram Dastagir said the crises emerged because the government did not import sugar on time. Replying to a question, Khurram Dastagir said during the last two months, people suffered a lot due to non-availability of commodity. Earlier, the committee also expressed grave concerns over the loss of Rs 800 million from national exchequer due to holding second tender on May 29, 2009 for importing sugar. The committee summoned the Secretaries of the Ministries of Commerce and Industry and officials of Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) and State Bank in its next meeting to explain the issue of import and shortage of sugar in the country. The committee also decided to continue its investigations and to collect proofs against those elements which were involved in creating artificial shortage and hoarding of sugar. Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur, Mrs Yasmeen Rehman, Hamid Yar Hiraj, Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Tahira Aurangzed, Shireen Arshad Khan, Secretary Ministry of Commerce and other official participated in the meeting. Khurram showed the copies of two separate letters of the Ministries of Industries and Commerce to the members of committee in the meeting about stopping second tender of importing 50,000-ton sugar on May 29, 2009. He told the meeting that according to first letter, Sugar Mills Association (SMA) told Ministry of Commerce that it had sufficient stocks of sugar; therefore, there was no need to import sugar. Upon this the ministry wrote a letter to the Ministry of Industries on May 18, 2009 to stop importing sugar. He said that the second letter written by Ministry of Industries asked Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to stop importing sugar. As a result, TCP halted tender on May 20, 2009 for importing sugar, which was to be opened on May 30, 2009. He claimed that for this reason, the country faced the loss of Rs 800m.