LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has ordered administration to control flour prices within 48 hours and cancel the licenses and seal the flourmills charging more than ex-mill rate. He issued these instructions while presiding over a high level meeting at Chief Minister's Secretariat, here on Tuesday. Punjab Minister for Food Malik Nadeem Kamran, Chief Secretary Punjab, Inspector General Police Punjab, Secretary Food, Secretary Home, Member Punjab Assembly Syed Nazim Hussain Shah, SA Hameed, Haroon Khawaja, DCO Lahore and other concerned officers were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister directed DCOs and DPOs to undertake joint action against the elements engaged in hoarding and profiteering of flour and no leniency be shown in this regard. He warned that strict action would be taken against DCOs and DPOs of the districts from where reports were received of the sale of 20 kg flour bag for more than Rs 375. The CM also directed that vigilance teams be constituted for curbing hoarding of flour and smuggling of wheat to ensure sale of flour at the rates fixed by the government. He said that it had come to his notice that the flourmills in some districts were supplying flour at more than the fixed ex-mill rate of Rs 365 per 20-kg flour bag. He ordered that the licenses of all such flourmills be cancelled and these should immediately be sealed. The chief minister also gave approval for giving cash awards to the government officials as well as private individuals who would identify the elements involved in hoarding and smuggling of wheat. He directed that cash awards be also given to those who would identify the persons engaged in hoarding and overcharging of flour. He further directed to evolve vigilance committees to control smuggling of wheat and sale of flour at more than the fixed rate. These committees would comprise police officers, administration, food department officials as well as local people. He said that only public-spirited non-political persons enjoying good repute would be inducted in such committees. He also directed to consider setting up of special tribunal for taking prompt and effective action against the persons involved in smuggling and hoarding of wheat and flour. Shahbaz also directed Food Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran, IG Punjab Police, Secretary Food, Secretary Health, MPA Syed Nazim Hussain Shah and SA Hameed to undertake immediate visits of remote areas of the province and submit a detailed report within three days. He was informed that the foolproof arrangements made for checking the smuggling of wheat from Punjab have yielded encouraging results. He was further informed that 71 vehicles carrying wheat for smuggling have been seized during the last one week and 96 persons have been arrested after registration of 51 cases.