SIALKOT-The local flour mills have stopped purchasing wheat from the Food Department as it is allegedly supplying spoiled wheat from the last year’s stock to the millers.

Flour mills’ owners have complained that the food officials were selling fresh wheat mixed with the last year’s wheat that has been spoiled in the official and private warehouses to the flour mills. Thus, the flour mills are now reluctant to purchase wheat from the department.

Flour millers said that the last year’s wheat in bulk was still lying stored at official and private go-downs of Food Department in Wazirabad, Gakhar Mandi, Warpal Chatta, Kheewey Wali and Jaamkey Chatta. The produce has not yet been sold out due to the failed policies of the government, they added.

The flour millers alleged that now the officials are adulterating the spoiled wheat in the fresh produce.

Meanwhile, the concerned food department officials have denied the allegations, saying that though there was last year wheat lying in the go-downs, there was no question of adulteration.

They said that the Punjab government had fixed an official target of 4,320,000 bags of wheat procurement at all the procurement centres in Gujranwala Division this year. The food department purchased and stocked 1.5 million bags of wheat at the official and private go-downs. However, 2.5 million bags of wheat worth Rs8.5 billion were still lying under the sky covered with the tents in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala district.

They said that the efforts were underway to shift these 2.5 million bags of wheat also in the go-downs before the coming monsoon season.