As part of its relief measures, the Sindh government has designated 700 different outlets in the province to supply wheat flour to destitute people at a subsidized rate of Rs 65 per kilogram.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said this on Wednesday during a press conference with fellow provincial cabinet members Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Mukesh Kumar Chawla. Provincial ministers said rehabilitating millions of flood victims in the province was the government’s top priority because now was not the time for politics.

They maintained that the entire leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), including the Chief Minister of Sindh, members of his cabinet and party legislators, had been fully focused on the cause of rapid relief to the flood victims in the province.

Memon said the provincial government has set up makeshift stalls, shops and mobile vending units for the supply of flour at discounted rates. The Sindh government has asked the Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners to ensure that no one can abuse the subsidized flour facility by buying the essential food in bulk, it added.

He explained that all major newspapers have published the list of 700 designated wheat flour outlets and their contact numbers to help concerned citizens. Chawla, the food minister, told the media that the provincial government had provided a subsidy of 25 billion rupees to ensure the availability of wheat flour at reduced rates.

He said discounted wheat flour was available at up to 80% of designated outlets, while the essential food would be available at the rest of the facilities in the coming days.

He claimed that the Sindh government had provided 25,000 bags of wheat flour at reduced rates for Karachi as they were easily sold on the first day of sale within hours. He said 800,000 sacks of wheat flour were needed daily, including 400,000 sacks for Karachi alone, to provide the essential food item to deserving people at subsidized rates.

The food minister said that after establishing makeshift outlets, the price of wheat flour in the retail market would also be reduced. He vowed that mills supplying substandard flour would be blacklisted and their government quota stopped.

He said that for the first time the government was ensuring the availability of subsidized flour even in large supermarkets because people from all economic classes were visiting those stores.

Audio leaks

Responding to a question, Memon said an audio leak factory had been opened. He remarked that after Imran Khan’s audio leaks, his real face was exposed to the public.

The man who entered the corridors of power through back doors has put the country’s relations at stake for his personal and political interests, the information minister noted, adding that the former prime minister deliberately pushed the country in a difficult situation and that he had played with the national integrity.

Asked about the PM House audio leaks, the Information Minister replied that it was a serious matter.

He added that Khan predicted more such leaks. “How does Imran know such audio leaks happen?” Memon asked. He went on to say that if he had been prime minister, he would have immediately ordered Khan’s arrest to investigate the audio leak.