Punjab flour mills started strike from today, over the reason of unannounced raids and dispute on wheat quota with provincial food department of Punjab. Sources reported that Provincial food department secretary announced the arrest of flour mill owners and wheat quota of more than 100 flour mills is suspended.
The President of Punjab Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Iftikhar Matto said that provincial food department just wanted to check the quality maintenance of flour mills and no legal action was decided against the mill owners yet. Most of the flour mill owners were not in favor of strike. The wheat quota of 80% mills is also up lifted.
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He added that data of flour mills who are involved in shortage crises of flour and inciting others on strike has been collected and serious action will be taken against them. Earlier the Deputy Commissioner of 36 districts are ordered to take action against leadership of flour mills. The district food controller also sent notice to deputy commissioners to take action against 7 flour mills association’s owners.
Arrest of seven flour mills association owners
These flour mills officials include Khawaja Imran, Tariq Sethi, Samad Qureshi, Qayyum and Riaz Ullah Khan. The notice include the details of strike and the owners who provoke others for strike. The District flour Controller wrote that flour mill owners created the artificial shortage of flour in market and announced strike without any reason.
The flour mills owner also provoked others and started strike from today onwards. The strict action should be taken against them under the section 3 of Public maintenance ordinance 1960.
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In the current era, when Pakistan is facing crises of petrol, gas and economy, this addition of strike of flour mills is causing great disturbance in harmony and prosperity of country.