KARACHI - There is a possibility of less yield of wheat crop in 2012 as compare to the last year’s production, therefore prompt strategy be evolved to achieve the wheat procurement target, the Sindh chief minister directed a meeting.

Presiding over the meeting regarding procurement of wheat and disposal of surplus wheat stocks at his house, Syed Qaim Ali Shah further directed that gunny bags be arranged for process of procurement. He maintained that the government was doing a lot for the welfare of growers and it was essential that bottlenecks for obtaining bardana by growers be removed early.

It was decided that during the current crop, 1.3 million tonnes of wheat would be procured for which bardana should be arranged. Regarding disposal of surplus wheat stocks, it was informed that there was surplus stock of 3.5 lac tonnes of wheat with the Food Department.

The meeting decided that the same be supplied together with floor mills & Chakkies to traders, businessmen at the similar rate of Rs.2550/- per 60 k.g bag. Regarding provision of platforms for storage of wheat, the chief minister directed that necessary estimates be prepared.

Later, another high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of the chief minister to review the progress of development works of the Irrigation Department with regard to reconstruction and repairs of flood protective bunds damaged during the floods of 2010.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Sindh Food Minister Mir Nadir Ali Magsi, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Israr Malik, Secretary Irrigation Khalid Haider Memon, Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch, Secretary to C.M Sindh Alamuddin Bullo, Special Secretary Finance and officers of Planning and Development Department.

The meeting discussed liabilities and balance of payments to be made to contractors who executed construction and repair works on dykes. It was decided that the Irrigation Department should submit all bills of contractors duly verified by Nespak consultants. The CM said that due to heavy floods, there was state of emergency during 2010, and the Irrigation Department was directed to restore protective bunds and carryout reconstruction and repair works on right bank of River Indus.

He further directed that Finance, Planning & Development and Irrigation Departments should finalise the issue so as to reconcile the same and should submit a report to him. He said that all bills be reconciled within 3-weeks time. He said that the payments would be made for work done and job executed immediately for which he directed the Finance Department accordingly.