On Tuesday, the federal cabinet pondered measures to keep prices of food items and other essentials stable and ensure their steady supply.
It said the rates of flour and sugar that were fixed under the Ramazan package are to continue. The cabinet also allowed 3 million metric tons of wheat import.
The cabinet met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair. It decided to revoke multiple foreign passports under the Passport Act. The ministers were informed that electricity load-shedding was brought to nil across the country.
Briefing reporters about the steps taken by the cabinet, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said Shehbaz Sharif directed for introducing an incentivised agricultural policy to enable the country to curtail wheat import.
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She said the cabinet decided to continue the fixed rates of sugar and flour under the Ramazan package. Under the said package, the price of a 20 KG bag of flour was reduced from Rs950 to Rs800. Similarly, she said that the rate of sugar was cut to Rs70 per kg from Rs85 per kg.
“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to ban the export of sugar. The ban is intended to ensure the smooth supply of the sweetener at affordable price in the country,” she said, adding that sufficient stock of sugar was available to meet the demand till the completion of this season.
The minister said the cabinet approved the revocation of multiple foreign passports, stressing that such passports should not only be revoked but a strategy should be formulated to stop their use in future.
“Last date for the cancellation of dual passport is December 31 of this year. Till today, all procedural and administrative arrangements will be finalized to take legal action against dual foreign passport holders,” Marriyum Aurangzeb said.