Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced on Monday that he has imposed a “total ban” on sugar exports due to “domestic demand.”
“I have imposed a blanket prohibition on sugar exports due to domestic demand.” Smuggling and stockpiling will be strictly prosecuted. There will be no tolerance for those who are shown to be careless in their tasks.” The prime minister stated in a tweet.
Given the domestic demand, I have ordered a complete ban on the export of sugar. There will be a strict action against smuggling & hoarding. Absolutely zero tolerance for those found negligent in their duties. His Twitter
The export ban is aimed to keep the country’s commodity price steady.
“The prime minister requested that the responsible departments keep him updated on the status of his orders. Any cops and workers who were negligent would be held accountable.” The paper claims that
Consumers have been complaining about a shortage of sugar and flour in utility stores since the government slashed the prices of various food goods last month to provide aid to the people during Ramazan.
Them complained in the report that store managers related the sale and purchase of oil and sugar to the purchase of other commodities rather than giving customers with single items. The personnel of Utility Stores Corporation later refuted the accusation.
Sugar and other commodities were demanded by consumers, who wanted the government to ensure that they were available in utility stores.
Utility Outlets Corporation representative Sajid Rehman said at the time that the shortfall was only transitory due to a rush at the stores.