ISLAMABAD (APP) In continuation of the policy of building consensus on all matters of national importance, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani chaired a special meeting to evolve a joint strategy on the prevailing water, sugar and wheat situation. The meeting was attended by federal ministers, chief ministers other federal and provincial representatives at the Prime Minister Secretariat here Thursday. The prime minister in his remarks emphasised upon developing uniform policies on all issues concerning the common man. The welfare of the people, he said, was a joint responsibility of the federal as well provincial governments since collective wisdom and approach would ultimately prove beneficial for the country. The meeting was briefed in detail on the preliminary estimates of new wheat crop and the current stock position in the country. The meeting was informed that the statistics of wheat production this year are good and it is expected to reach near the estimated target. The government decision to keep 2.5 million tons of wheat as strategic reserves at national level was unanimously supported. The meeting decided that for the current season, the financial gap caused by the presence of strategic reserve of wheat shall be fulfilled by the federal government through credit facility to enable the provinces for timely purchase of the crop. The meeting also deliberated on the issue of logistics for keeping of fresh stocks and decided to upgrade the storage capacity. It was observed that even after maintaining the strategic reserves around one million tons of wheat would be surplus which could be exported. However, the decision in this regard will be taken by the end of April when the exact estimates of the new crop are available. While reviewing the current water situation in the country, it was felt in the meeting that as the water is the lifeline of Pakistans economy which is largely based on agriculture so efficient mechanism should be adopted to utilise this precious resource. The prime minister while recalling his announcements made on the occasion of his visit to Peshawar and at the floor of National Assembly regarding the Chashma Right Bank Lift Canal, urged the provinces to work out the modalities for its expeditious implementation. He added that this would greatly contribute towards the economic uplift of the people of most backward areas of NWFP and in turn to the overall economic betterment of the country. It was decided in the meeting that coordination between the Centre and Provinces and among the provinces shall be enhanced to resolve matters relating to water availability in wake of reduced water flow from across the border and less rainfall. The meeting supported that 0.5 million tons of sugar will be maintained as strategic reserve to avoid any possibility of shortage. The TCP was directed to strictly follow the schedule for timely import of sugar starting from second week of March. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the production of sugarcane this year as well as governments policy on sugar in which equal preference has been accorded to availability and affordability. Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom M Amin Faheem, Federal Minister for Finance Shaukat Tarin, Federal Minister for Food & Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Federal Minister for IPC Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani, Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister NWFP Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Senior Minister Punjab Raja Riaz Ahmad, Provincial Minister for Food Punjab Nadeem Kamran, Senior Advisor to CM Punjab Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan and other senior government officials participated in the meeting. Earlier, before the start of the meeting the Chief Ministers Punjab, Sindh and NWFP met the prime minister in his office. They appreciated the political sagacity of the prime minister in developing harmony and consensus over the appointment of judges to superior courts. They lauded the prime ministers policy of reconciliation and consultation to strengthen the democratic culture which would benefit the system in the long run.