LAHORE The Punjab Food Department is supplying wheat to the flour mills in substandard and old jute bags, besides charging them high rates as compared to the open market. The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) has claimed that the Punjab Food Department is providing wheat to the millers in low standard bags, which are damaged during the loading. Former central chairman of the Pakistan Flour Mills Association Asim Raza Ahmed, while talking to The Nation, said that the department is charging them Rs106 per bag which is at least 3 years old. He said that the food department is supplying them the bag for Rs106 which is available at Rs70 in the open market. He stated only Rs30 per bag were settled with the Punjab government under the head of bag cost but now we are being forced to pay Rs106 which is unlawful. He said that presently the food department is supplying 9,000 to 10,000 tons of wheat to the flour mills on daily basis. On a question, he former chairman also hoped that Awaz group would also work for an equal quota of all the flour mills irrespective of their location. He said that he had always worked for the betterment of flour milling industry and would continue to guide it in future. Meanwhile a press release issued from the office of Pakistan Flour Mills Association stated that the flour millers Founders Group Chairman Bilal Aslam Soofi is trying to create rift among the different groups of the flour milling industry. It claimed that Awaz Group had won the election of Pakistan Flour Mills Association held in August 2011, as no other group filed nomination papers against the Group. The statement said that Bilal Soofi and his group had not accepted his defeat and now he is trying to damage the cause of flour milling industry. It is noteworthy that the Democratic Group and Awaz Group of the Pakistan Flourmills Association (PFMA) had joined hands, setting aside all differences to constitute a new group namely 'Founders Group. The two rival groups of the PFMA held several meetings and stressed the need for reconciliation among all groups of the flour millers body for the betterment of the four milling industry and particularly to save the interest of the millers. The representatives of the PFMA from all over the Punjab including Lahore, RY Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, DG Khan, Rawalpindi and Islamabad attended the meetings. The newly formed 'Founders Group an outcome of alliance between 'Awaz Group and 'Jamhoori Group of the flour millers elected Dr Bilal Aslam Sufi as its Chairman and Muhammad Khalique Arshad as Co-Chairman. Veteran flour millers Haji Muhammad Bashir was elected as Patron-in-chief of this newly formed group at its first formal meeting. Flour millers termed the formation of 'founders group as a good omen for the industry and alleged that the Pakistan Flour Millers Association (PFMA) had gone in the hands of weak leadership and emergence of this new group would once again help industry to grow and develop. They said that all members of the industry should join hands to ensure development of the sector.