LAHORE - The tussle between the flour millers and Punjab government over the flour price may spoil 'Ramazan Package' in the days to come as both are sticking to their guns, thanks to the policymakers for leaving the helpless consumers at the mercy of profiteers. The Punjab food department has started issuing wheat quota to the flourmills at Rs 560 per 40-kg and fixed the ex-mill price of 20-kg flour bag at Rs 290 while the millers have straightforwardly rejected this policy and refused to lift the wheat from the official godowns, terming it unrealistic and impractical. The flour millers said that they were unable to sell 20-kg flour bag at Rs 290 after lifting wheat at Rs 560 per 40-kg due to commercial reasons - high electricity charges and increase in cost of doing business. They also said the government did not take them into confidence before announcing the new policy. The flour millers said they had reduced the flour supply because they were unable to sell the flour bags at the new official price of Rs 290 per 20-kg. The further revealed that unannounced load shedding has also reduced the flour production all over the province. When contacted Habib-ur-Rehman Leghari, chairman All Pakistan Flourmills Association (Punjab-branch) claimed that only 18 flourmills out of 640 in Punjab lifted wheat from the government godowns on Friday and Saturday. He said that the government had decided to issue 12,000 tons wheat quota to the mills on daily basis but could manage to issue only 949 tons wheat against 24,000 tons during the last two days. Leghari also said that most of the millers refused to lift wheat quota on the request of the Pakistan Flour Mills Association, as the millers could not afford selling the flour at Rs 290 per-20-kg bag. He further said the food department officials were threatening the millers that their licences would be cancelled if they would not lift wheat quota. "We will close down all the flourmills in Punjab if the government tried to harass the millers," he warned. However, he said that the millers would ensure flour supply to the Sunday Bazaars at Rs 370 per 20-kg all over the Punjab Capital in order to provide relief to the consumers. Dr Bilal Aslam Sufi, chairman Standing Committee of FPCCI on flour milling, when contacted, said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif must intervene into the situation and resolve the genuine grievances of the flour millers. He also claimed that the food department officials were depicting rosy picture to the CM while on ground situation is quite gloomy as far as the flour availability and supply situation is concerned. He demanded the CM to hold an urgent meeting with the millers to resolve their genuine grievances. When contacted repeatedly, the secretary food and director food Punjab were not available to comment on the issue. Meanwhile, President Lahore Atta Dealers Association Haji Muhammad Yousaf said that they were still facing shortage of flour. He also urged the government to ensure sufficient flour supply to avoid profiteering and black-marketing.