Punjab govt to approach SC for wheat import: Elahi

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi Friday said that his government would approach the Supreme Court for the import of wheat.

He was speaking to the media after laying the foundation stone of uplift schemes in Gujrat.

The development came a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he won’t allow the import of wheat by the private sector.

Responding, the chief minister said the Punjab government is not the private sector. “The federal government is obstructing the supply of wheat and flour to the common man. It should allow us to import wheat,” he added.

The federal government, he said, provided wheat to other provinces, except Punjab. “We will take this issue to the Supreme Court,” he announced.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said the Ehsaas program is the best public welfare agenda and Imran Khan’s flagship initiative to provide subsidised commodities to 8 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. This program has created new employment opportunities and the poor are getting subsidised items.”

Moreover, he said that 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 after thorough consultations.

The creation of new districts would create thousands of employment opportunities, he added. The CM further regretted that the Sharif family ruled Punjab for 15 years but did not invest funds in Gujrat. “We are trying to make up the shortfall of 15 years in a 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 Rs2.83 billion. He also laid the foundation stone of the 29-km-long old GT road Gujrat-Lakhanwala dual road project costing Rs9.11 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&W briefed about the projects.

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