ISLAMABAD- The government Saturday reduced prices of 1300 essential daily usage items from 5 to 10 per cent at Utility Stores under Special Ramazan Package of Rs 1750 million. "People are facing a lot of problems due to inflation and Ramazan Package will lessen their worries", said Finance and Revenue Minister, Syed Naveed Qamar at a press conference. He said the package would be applicable from September 1st and continue for a month at over 5500 utility stores across the country. He said the Utility Stores Corporation has been directed to keep its outlets open even on Sundays at extended time. Under Ramazan Package flour will be sold at Rs 15 per kilogram on the utility stores. Ghee will be available at Rs 110 per kg, sugar Rs 30.50 per kg, gram Rs 47 per kg, white gram Rs 63 per kg, bason Rs 59 per kg, tea Rs 376 per kg, Rice irri-6 Rs 45 and Rice Basmati at Rs 88 per kg. "The government will be responsible to ensure availability of all essential items at the utility stores", the Minister said but added the commodities will be supplied in limited numbers in order to put an end to the practice of selling USC goods in the open market. "This may result into long queues outside the utility stores but the consumers have to bear it in order to get cheaper goods", said Naveed Qamar. The Minister said 200 new utility stores would be opened to give an access to maximum number of people to the utility stores. Managing Director USC said the Corporation would run mobile utility stores only in Balochistan and some remote parts of Sindh. The MD said the Corporation has sufficient stock of all the commodities. The Finance Minister said Rs 1.75 billion subsidy was over and above subsidy, which the government was providing on imported wheat. Pakistan is importing wheat at an average price of Rs 1200 per kg and selling it to flourmills at subsidized rates. Naveed Qamar said Punjab and Sindh have already started releasing wheat from the government stores to the flourmills. The Minister was in agreement about poor quality products at the utility stores. " The government has directed the Agriculture Ministry to ensure good quality atta (flour) at USC", he added.