Ban on the movement of wheat flour is illegal: FPCCI

Islamabad: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Friday said the Punjab government has banned the inter-district as well as inter-provincial movement flour which is illegal and unethical.
The move would create a sense of deprivation among the people of other provinces dependent on Punjab’s wheat while it is also against the provisions of the Constitution, it said.
The government of Punjab wants to sell subsidized flour in green bags during the holy month to gain political mileage but the move has raised concerns among other provinces and the business community, said Ghazanfar Bilour, President FPCCI.
In a statement issued here Friday , he said that the flour mills of Punjab have been barred from producing and selling flour, sell it to other provinces or do the business of private grinding.
The decision has not only hit the flour millers but also left thousands unemployed while it can result in shortage across the country, he added.
Ghazanfar Bilour said that if any white flour bag is spotted in any of the mills or with any shopkeeper it results in swift registration of an FIR which is creating unnecessary harassment.

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