Concrete measures afoot to control subsidized wheat smuggling in G-B
ISLAMABAD(APP): Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan has taken concrete measures to control the smuggling of subsidized wheat and flour from Gilgit Baltistan.
An official source said that lack of an effective control mechanism had encouraged some influential persons to indulge in smuggling of subsidized wheat and flour from GB.
It says that the government has taken various steps to curb this practice by improving transportation and distribution system of the commodity.
The existing dealer system has been discontinued and the Food Department has set up sale points, being monitored by in collaboration with the district administration.
The transportation of wheat from Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) to bulk depots has been channelized and sub-letting of contract by Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) has been discontinued.
The source said establishment of flour mills has been completely banned in the whole region of Gilgit Baltistan as part of efforts to ensure adequate stock of the wheat.
The source said long outstanding payment issue and arrears of PASSCO discussed with Finance Division and release of special allocation of Rs 800 million have been made possible, adding, quota of 30,000 MT wheat got issued from Food Security Division.
Complaints regarding different irregularities are being probed and based on fact finding reports and inquiries have been initiated. One officer of AJK Council has been dismissed from service as a result of one such inquiry, the source added.