PM Shehbaz Orders Developing App for Fair Wheat Procurement

Mon May 13 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has issued directives to the authorities concerned to develop a mobile phone app to ensure transparent procurement of wheat and also ordered the suspension of two senior officials of PASSCO over their negligence in this connection, local media reported on Monday.

The PM, chairing a high-level meeting to review the demand and supply and procurement of wheat by the government, ordered the suspension of the MD of Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) and Meneral manager Procurement for their failure to executive the earlier directives of utilizing the technology in the wheat procurement.

Calling for crops’ insurance and a third-party audit of PASSCO’s stock, the PM instructed the organization to procure an additional 400,000 metric tonnes of wheat via a transparent process. Shehbaz Sharif said that the government would not tolerate any economic loss to the farmers and addressed to take all-out steps for their prosperity and bringing food security in the nation.

The PM assured that the government would reward the outstanding PASSCO centers and officers during the process of procurement. Federal cabinet members Rana Tanveer Hussain, Muhammad Aurangzeb, Jam Kamal Khan, Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ahad Khan Cheema, and relevant senior officers attended the meeting.

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