Rawalpindi: Supplying substandard flour: Mills owners fined
RAWALPINDI, Aug 18: Owners of 18 flour mills have been fined for providing substandard subsidised flour to consumers during Ramazan. They have also been found guilty of not supplying subsidised flour to consumers according to the wheat quota.
On Thursday, District Food Controller Rawalpindi Shabbir Khan Niazi told Dawn that 18 flour mills had been involved in flour theft, adding that substandard atta had been provided to people during Ramazan. He said the owners of mills have been fined Rs390,013 for providing poor quality flour at the Sasta bazaars established by the Punjab government.
Mr Niazi said samples of the flour had been sent to Lahore for laboratory tests, adding that the mills owners were not supplying cheap flour to markets in accordance with the wheat quota given to them by the Punjab government.
“We have suspended or decreased the quota to flour mills as a punishment. We will make the flour mills abide by the terms set for Ramazan.”
Currently, a bag of 10 kilograms flour is available for Rs200 in the Sasta bazaars. In the open market the same bag is available for Rs220.
Consumers have also complained about unavailability of subsidised flour in the city, though the provincial government on Thursday said nearly 2,000,000 bags of flour had been distributed in Rawalpindi district since the start of Ramazan.
“We are trying to ensure availability of flour in each part of the city but the flour mills are not cooperating,” the food controller said.