LAHORE- Veteran PPP leader and former finance minister Dr Mubashir Hassan has said that government should set up sugar mills in public sector to resolve sugar crisis on permanent basis. Talking to The Nation on Monday, Dr Mubashir, who successfully tackled a similar sugar crisis in 1972 when he was finance minister in ZA Bhuttos cabinet, also suggested that government should take control of sugar production, and sell the commodity in open market at reasonable rates. Talking about current sugar crisis in the country, he lamented that federal and provincial governments have offered enormous and undeserved profit to sugar mills by fixing high prices of the commodity. He was of the view that present government was powerless against capitalists and industrialists, and lacked the capacity to control production and supervise distribution of sugar. Behind the crises of commodities, lies the crisis of system of governance in Pakistan, which needs radical political power to change the system of governance, he maintained, while adding that it was futile to expect that these billionaire members of National Assembly and army of ministers would solve nations problems. Dr. Mubashir believed that it was government of the rich people, by the rich and for the rich. Only a peoples Government could solve crises of sugar, wheat, atta, electricity, health and education etc, he remarked. Tracing the history of previous sugar crises in the country, the PPP leader said that a severe sugar crisis hit the country when he was federal minister for finance. The then Government, he said, build 14 sugar mills in public sector to end sugar crisis for decades to come and for the future governments to sell these factories at cheap prices to put Pakistan at permanent risk of sugar shortage. He recalled that when sugar crisis erupted in 1972, Z.A Bhutto assigned the responsibility to set the things right to him. I called senior secretaries and they put up a seemingly logical plan to end the crisis, which PM and I accepted. The crises seemed to have subsided, but erupted again. Once again the secretaries put up a proposal which seemed logical and they behaved as if they had never put up the first proposal. The second proposal was different from the first one in the sense that new rules were suggested by which the food department was given greater powers. This plan also did not work. Mr Bhutto was pressing hard for a solution. He was worried that sugar crises may not develop as it had hit the country during Ayub Khans era, and which led to mass agitation against him starting from frontier province. But third time I called the secretaries and asked them to take over control of all sugar mills. They were in panic because the contacts between the secretariat and sugar mill owners very strong. The secretariat people are never with the people in such matters. The next day the secretaries came up an ingenious solution, which protected the sugar mills and also worked well with the government. Sugar mills were left with the owners for production, but all their production and hoarded stocks all over the country were commandeered by the government. The crises ceased, but then the government realised that the decision was going in favour of the millers who were never keen to produce more. They seemed least interested in building more sugar factories. Hence the Government decided to establish sugar mills in public sector, he said while recollecting thoughts from his memory.