Shortage of wheat flour at Naukot


Shortage of wheat flour has pushed its rates up causing problems for the poor and low income consumers. Though the Sindh government has fixed wheat flour price at Rs 34.5 per kilogram, however, Atta Chakkis at Naukot and Santoro Farm bazaar are selling wheat flour as high as Rs 38 per kg and retail shops at Rs 42 per kg. A team of local journalists visited the area and asked the owners of Atta Chakkis why they were selling wheat flour at higher prices. They were replied that the government was not providing enough wheat to Chakki owners and they purchase the commodity from open market on higher rate and subsequently sell it on higher price. The citizens have requested the price control committees to take notice of the situation and ensure selling of wheat flour on the government-fixed rates.