KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Wednesday paid surprise visit to outlets of Utility Stores Corporation (USC) to check the availability of essential items under Prime Minister Relief Package.
The Sindh governor visited the stores on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Chairman USC Zulqarnain was also with him during visits of various outlets in the city.
The governor visited USC outlet at Gulshan e Iqbal to witness the sale of 12,000 bags of wheat flour to the masses.
While talking to media, the governor said that hype was created regarding wheat shortage. He said that the situation was not as serious as was portrayed by various quarters.
He said that PASCO warehouses had storage of 300,000 tons of wheat. In order to supply this stock the transport of NLC could be used, he added.
He said that it was an artificial shortage and the government was ensuring the availability of the commodity.
Ismail said that the prime minister was on attending World Economic Forum at Davos but he was worried about such situation.
He said that the government had ensured availability of 10-kg wheat flour bag at Rs400 as against this bag was available at Rs600 in the open market.
USC Chairman said that under PM Package other items such as ghee, pulses, sugar etc were also available at subsidized prices. The government has released a fund of Rs7 billion for the subsidized items, he added.