KARACHI: Utility Stores Corporation (USC) has implemented subsidized rates under Ramazan Package announced by the government to provide relief the masses during the holy month, a top official said on Sunday.
“The reduced rates have been implemented across the country from May 03, 2019 around three or four days ahead of Ramazan,” said Muhammad Javed Khan, USC, Regional Manager (RM), Karachi.
“All the USC outlets are now selling hundreds of items at the subsidized rates,” he added.
Khan said that a significant reduction had been announced in those items that were mostly used during the fasting month such as sugar, wheat flour, rice, pulses, edible oil and ghee etc.
“These commodities have reduced prices up to 20 percent when compared with the open market,” the regional manager added.
The federal government has provided Rs2 billion to subsidized the rates of essential items to be sold through the Utility Stores.
The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC) in its meeting on March 12 approved subsidy amounting Rs2 billion to provide relief the masses during Ramazan ul Mubarak.
Javed Khan pointed out some of items having significant reduction in prices, which included: sugar Rs 64 per kilogram, wheat flour Rs340/10-kg, whet gram Rs100/kg, Dal Chana Rs105/kg, Dal Masoor Rs90/kg, vegetable ghee Rs129/kg, edible oil Rs153/liter, Rooh Afza Rs183/800ml, cold drink (all brands) Rs77/1.5 liters, Tapal tea 793/kg, dates Rs60/500 grams, Rice Super Rs114/kg.
The regional manager said that in order to ensure availability and avoid bulk sale the zonal chief had constituted vigilance teams for monitoring.
He said that on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan the regional chiefs across the country were also visiting the outlets to ensure the availability and for price checks as well.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has recently directives all the government functionaries to ensure securities and availability of essential items at reduced rates during the holy month of Ramazan ul Mubarak.