An inquiry team will look into complaints filed by provincial assembly members (MPA) from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) regarding the shortage of 'Bardana' (100-kilogramme bags) and their alleged sale to "favourites," Sindh Food Minister Nadir Magsi announced on Thursday.
A final decision, however, was not taken at the time, and the matter was subsequently referred to Sindh Food Minister Nadir Magsi who was also present at the meeting, PPP legislator Haji Munawar Ali Abbasi told The News.
also admitted that there was a shortage of Bardana due, ostensible, to a "big difference" in the wheat procurement target this year as compared to last year - the procurement department will get 1.5 million tonnes as opposed to the target of 1.2 million tonnes.
The department has purchased 0.9 million Bardanas and distributed 0.7 million of them thus far, Magsi
said, adding that more will be purchased soon.
The food minister categorically rejected any possibility of a wheat crisis this year.
admitted, however, that problems were being faced in the 'credit facility'.
Another issue, he
said, was the lack of sufficient storage capacity; the department still has 0.25 million tonnes of wheat left over from last year.
urged the media to highlight facts so that the department could take action and rectify the situation.