LAHORE: Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal said the provincial government will ensure the implementation of the ex-mill price and the retail price of sugar in all cases.
On Tuesday, in an interview with a delegation of six members of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association to the civil secretariat, the chief secretary said that the sale of sugar at a rate of over Rs 90 per kg would not be allowed. He mentioned that safeguarding the public interest is the responsibility of the government.
The chief secretary asked the owners of sugar factories to ensure the timely payment of sugar cane to farmers without any deductions, in addition to regularly providing the required information on grinding and stocks in the database. He also issued instructions regarding actions against middlemen and illegal weighing stations involved in the purchase of sugar cane. He said 12 illegal weighing stations were taken down in Layyah. The chief secretary said that the association of sugar mills must play its role for the stability of the price of sugar, adding that the industrialists should work hand in hand with the government for the development of the country.
The president of the association, Zaka Ashraf, briefed the chief secretary on the problems of the sugar industry. The delegation included Hassan Iqbal, Mian Rashid, Chaudhry Aslam, Muhammad Rafiq were also present on the occasion.
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