KARACHI - Provincial Food Secretary of Sindh Allah Dito Shar is stated to have been sidelined from the ministry in the context of his refusal to supply wheat at lower price than the current issue price to the influential floor millers, which include a federal minister belonging to the PPP, sources concerned told The Nation Tuesday. According to the insiders, a few days ago, some flour mills located in Karachi and Jacobabad demanded wheat from Sindh Food Department at previous issue price, that is Rs750 per 40kg, against the current price of Rs950. The mills are stated to have demanded a total supply of 325,000 bags of wheat at the old price. The Sindh Food Department, however, turned down the demand on the plea that the wheat quota cannot be provided at the old issue price as the new price has been raised to Rs950/40-kgs, stressing that the provincial government would suffer a loss of Rs160 million if wheat was issued at the previous rate. Why did the flour mills, holding quota for March 2009, not obtain wheat before increase in the issue price? This question was raised by the food department, said sources. The sources said that the conservative approach of the provincial food department has annoyed the influential flour mills owners, especially the father of a federal minister. Succumbing to the political pressure, the Sindh government has suddenly issued the transfer order of the Sindh Food Department Allah Dito Shar last week, making a mockery of the discipline besides doing injustice to the secretary concerned. The sources said that the Chief Minister had convened a meeting last week, which was attended by the flour mills representatives and Food Secretary Allah Dito Shar to discuss the issue. Chief Minister after hearing both the parties, ordered release of the wheat quota at old price, but the Food Secretary refused to release it on the plea that doing so would cause a loss of Rs160 million to provincial exchequer, the sources said. It is stated that without considering the plea vis-a-vis loss, the authorities concerned transferred Food Secretary Allah Dito Shar this week. When contacted Mr Shar confirmed his transfer from his post. He however declined to disclose details about this issue. Meanwhile, certain circle have demanded an inquiry into supply of wheat at old issue price. It may be noted here that every year the provincial government provides wheat to flour mills from August to March 31, at whatever issue price, notified by the federal government.