KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has constituted a committee headed by Minister for Food Mehtab Dahar with Revenue, Relief and Food department representatives to ascertain relief with reference to the gravity of drought and to ensure supply of wheat to the people of Tharparkar district at 50% concession rate within a week.

The CM directed relief department to provide outstanding Rs 400 million to the provincial food department and ordered Secretary Finance to arrange additional amount to meet requirements recommended by the committee.

The CM told the members of committee to prepare a schedule of wheat distribution with consultation of Local MNAs and MPAs.  He warned that people involved in stealing privileges of poor famine affected people will be dealt harshly. He said that PPP being the party of poor will safeguard the rights of people.

He said that since 1971 PPP had been serving people of Tharparkar and still striving hard to convert poverty hit area in to prosperous area and hopefully within few years many avenues of income and employment would be available to the people of Tharparkar by successful implementation of Thar Coal power projects.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah while taking strict notice of reports about illegal transportation of wheat outside the province directed Chief Secretary Sindh for extending section 144 to put ban on transportation.

He directed that Sindh Police, Rangers and provincial food department to put strict vigilance on smuggling of wheat especially Hub, Jacobabad and ShahdadKot.

The Chief Minister Sindh also tasked the committee make their recommendation for next target of wheat procurement and also to re-visit support price of the wheat production. He said that Sindh Government wants to give incentives and relief to the farmer community. He said that due to growers friendly policies we made the province self sufficient specially in wheat production, but because of ineffective policy of last caretaker government, wheat procurement target was not achieved.

The Sindh Minister for food Mehtab Dahar while briefing the meeting said that about 6000 tons of wheat has been made available to meet the requirement of immediate nature upto March 2014 at Tharparkar District. He said that after ascertaining the gravity of famine in the Tharparkar, his department would be ready to increase the supply as per recommendation of the committee. He said that at present per month distribution of 1, 80,000 tons among the flour mills being made per month regularly. He said that he has made such strategy that could maintain the demand & supply of wheat up to coming crop in 2014.