ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Industries and Production Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo has said that the government has decided to increase the network of Utility Stores Corporation and in this regard 6000 new outlets would be established. He said this while addressing a press conference at the Ministry of Industries and Production on Friday. He said the government has decided to double the number of stores in order to facilitate the people. He said government would establish 6000 new stores in the country, and this agenda would be sent to the ECNEC for final approval. He informed that presently there are around 5700 stores in the country and 300 stores are to be established, which have already been approved. He said earlier that there was one utility store in every union council, which would be enhanced to two because USC has the largest network in the country and people purchase commodities at subsidized rates from these stores. He said that by establishing new utility stores, employment opportunities would also generate in the country, as around 12,000 people would get jobs in the new stores. The government is computerising the system of utility stores in order to control corruption in these stores, he said, and added that this process would be completed gradually. Talking about the urea fertiliser for the Rabi season, he said the total requirement in the country is around 3 million tons, while local production is 2.35 million tons, hence a further 0.65 million tons is further required. The government is importing 0.8 million tons urea fertiliser to make the commodity available during the season. The government would once again try its level best not to create shortage of urea like previous year and it would be distributed through National Fertilizer Marketing Limited, the Minister said. He hoped that the government would able to produce bumper crop of wheat this year and export it to other countries. Urea bag would be available at Rs. 750 as the government would pay Rs. 750 subsidy on it as its cost is Rs. 1500 per bag, he announced. Wattoo said that the government has already announced the sale of 100,000 metric tonnes of sugar through the USC network at Rs. 38 per kg and in this regard Rs. 2.8 billion subsidy would be provided. On a daily basis, USC transports 4,000 metric tons of sugar from Karachi to different parts of the country and in the last few days 18,000 metric tonnes of sugar was transported, he added. He said 100,000 metric tons sugar is enough to fulfil the needs of 50 million people. A special team has been constituted to check the availability of sugar in different parts of the country. USC is now 100 percent under insurance cover as earlier only 25 percent part was under insurance cover, he announced.