Karachi - Sindh government has decided to export the surplus wheat and also asked the federal government to extend its support from Trading Corporation of Pakistan in this regard.

This was decided in the meeting to review the prevailing stock, and market price of wheat, which was presided over by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House here on Thursday.

Sindh Chief Minister has formed 3-members committee consisting on Sindh Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Dahar and Minister for Excise & Taxation Gianchand Esrani to work out and prepare export mechanism within 2 to 3 days.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister directed the authorities of food department to float the tender for exporting the wheat within 3 days, to call the competitive bids from wheat exporters. He directed the officers to strictly stop the wheat movement from other provinces to Sindh, and take strict action against the wheat hoarding and sell of sub-standard wheat in the market.

The CM was of the view that since the federal government had allowed for importing the wheat without consultation with Sindh government, specially when Sindh government and even Punjab government were possessing huge stock of indigenous production of wheat, it should share the losses and extend its support for extorting the surplus wheat of the Sindh.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah advised the mill owners to refrain from marketing the substandard flour and directed the authorities of food department to analyze the substandard imported wheat and to ascertain that up to what extent it was injurious to human health.

The Chief Minister said that growers were backbone of our economy and also main supporters of PPP. He said that Sindh government will protect the interests of the growers at any cost. He said that government has already paid Rs4.6 billion subsidy on the procurement of wheat from the growers at the support price to protect the farmers from losses. The meeting was informed that Sindh has wheat stock of 11 lac ton out of which 4 lac ton are available at Karachi for immediate export.

Sindh Minister for finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Minister for Excise & Taxation Gianchand Esrani, Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Secretary to CM Alumdin Bullo, Secretary Food Saeed Awan, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput and other officers of lined departments attended the meeting.