KARACHI - The Sindh government has miserably failed to implement its decision of providing flour at ex-mill rate of Rs22 per kg, as flourmills are still selling the commodity at the rate of Rs24.50 per kg in market, The Nation learnt on Friday. The government has not succeeded in its effort to provide additional wheat to flourmills supplying the flour at official rate of Rs22 per kg. The provincial food department had fixed Rs 22 per kg ex-mill flour price in Karachi and the retail price was agreed at Rs23.50 per kg while the ex-mill rate in the interior of the province had been fixed at Rs19 per kg. But flourmill owners are selling the flour at Rs24.50 per kg in market. The retail price of flour was recorded at Rs26-27 per kg in various areas of the city while chakki atta was being sold at Rs30 per kg on Friday. When contacted, Provincial Secretary Food, Arif Khan, said the government was trying its utmost to provide flour on minimum rate to the citizens. He pointed out that the representatives of flourmills were taken into confidence while fixing the ex-mill rate of flour at Rs22 per kg as the govt had provided concessions such as lifting of inter-district ban on the movement of wheat.  Terming the move to control the flour prices in holy month of Ramadan starting in September, the official said the flour prices would decline slowly and constant vigil to be continued to arrest hike in price of this food item. Though, it was the duty of City District Government Karachi and District governments to ensure the availability of flour at controlled rates, provincial secretary of food department said, adding the provincial government has directed these local governments for strict vigilance and action against those elements who maneuvered the market for gaining of extra profit. The government will give additional wheat than fixed quota to those flourmills who cooperated in implementing flour rate of Rs22-a kg, provincial secretary said, adding the wheat quota would be reduced of those flour mills that violated the government orders. While another official pointed out, actually this move for implementation of fixed flour rate was, in fact, a rehearsal for the fast-approaching holy month of Ramada. Meanwhile, Iqbal Daud Pakwala president of Sindh Flourmills Association said the wheat price has reached Rs2,300/-100 kg, which was higher than government's fixed rate of Rs22 per kg of flour. He said 144 fair price shops had been established in Karachi where flour was available at Rs24.50-per kg while it was the duty of government to control the price in retail markets. A senior official informed that some Deputy Food Inspectors and other official of the department had been suspended for showing negligence in taking action against hoarders in Karachi and interior parts of the province.