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Punjab Government to approach SCP for wheat import: CM Ch Parvez Elahi 

Lahore, October 22, 2022 (PPI-OT):Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi regretted that Shehbaz Sharif didn’t permit the Punjab government, not any private sector, to import wheat for the people when it sought permission from the federal government for the same. Talking to the media after laying the foundation stone of development schemes in Gujrat, the CM deplored that the person who is calling himself the prime minister should have some knowledge.

First Shehbaz Sharif should read my statement and then respond; he suggested and further advised that Shehbaz Sharif should think before speaking. His job is only limited to talking and he is skilled in frequent lies, the CM maintained. The Punjab government asked for permission to import wheat from the federal government and Shehbaz Sharif did not allow it, he noted. Punjab government is not the private sector but the Government of Punjab, he emphasised.

The federal government is obstructing the supply of wheat and flour to the common man and it did not help the flood victims either, he mentioned. The federal government should allow us to import wheat, he added. The federal government provided wheat to other provinces, except Punjab. We will take this issue to the Supreme Court, he announced.

Meanwhile, the Ehsaas program is the best public welfare agenda and Imran Khan’s flagship initiative to provide subsidised commodities to eight million families. In fact, Punjab Ehsaas Ration Program is the best example of a targeted subsidy, he said.

The Punjab government has given billions of rupees for this program. Funds are being deposited in the bank accounts of deserving families. 10 percent commission is given to the retailer shops registered under the Ehsaas programme. This program has created new employment opportunities and the poor are getting subsidised items.

The opposition in Punjab shoots arrows in the air, let them do so, we are stronger than before; the CM asserted. The number of our assembly members has increased in Punjab and the newly elected members will take oath on Monday. Our government has carved out five new districts and this decision has been taken with consultations.

The creation of new districts is creating thousands of employment opportunities, he added. The CM further regretted that the Sharif family ruled Punjab for 15 years but did not invest any money in Gujrat. We are trying to make up the shortfall of 15 years in one year, he said.

CM laid the foundation stone of the GT road Samman to Gujrat-Dinga dual road and flyover project to be completed with Rs.2.83 billion. He also laid the foundation stone of the 29-KM long old GT road Gujrat-Lakhanwala dual road project costing Rs.9.11 billion. These projects would benefit the commuters of different districts.

The entire project, including the flyover, will be completed soon. This road project will be completed in four phases and the journey from deprivation to development would not stop, he concluded. Former federal minister Moonis Elahi, Hussain Elahi MNA, Abdullah Yusuf Waraich MPA, commissioner Gujrat Division, RPO and others were also present. Secretary C and W briefed about the projects.

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