The Food Minister Qalandar Lodhi Monday informed the Provincial Assembly that no smuggling of flour to Afghanistan was taking place from the province and said that efforts were being made to provide quality flour to the people at cheaper rates.
The minister was replaying to a question by Sirajuddin Khan of JI from merged district Bajaur during a question hour of the assembly session which met here with Abdul Salam from panel of the chairmen in the chair.
The minister did not agree with the contentions of the PPP lawmaker Nighat Orakzai that flour crises has emerged in the province due to its smuggling to the neighboring country Afghanistan.
The minister informed the house that 10000 metric ton wheat was requirement per day of the province and added that 30 to 35 wheat flour loaded trucks would start arriving from Tuesday to KP for providing the commodity to the people at cheaper rates. The people would be provided 20 kg flour bag at a cost of Rs800
He said that 4000 ton wheat was provided to the flour mills for grinding on daily bases. He further informed the House that there are a total of 247 flour mills in the province of which 164 are closed.