LHC allows Punjab govt to buy sugar at Rs80 per kg from mills
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The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the Punjab Cane Commissioner to enforce the ex-mill price of sugar at Rs80 to meet the 155,000 tonnes demand during the upcoming Holy month of Ramazan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Federal government’s Deputy Attorney General Asad Ali Bajwa appeared before the court. The federal government and Punjab government officials maintained that the government has determined the price of sugar on the documents submitted by the sugar mills from 2016 to 2018.
“So far, the government has not prepared rules for setting the prices,” the judge remarked hearing the arguments on Wednesday.
The judge remarked that there should be no shortage of sugar during the fasting month.
Reportedly, the court gave two opportunities to the mills and the government to resolve the matter amicably but both sides did not reach any agreement.
Mirza Shehzad Akbar also tweeted: “Big relief from LHC, wherein it has ordered for the supply of sugar at Rs80 ex-mill as determined by the federal and provincial governments during Ramazan.”
He also tweeted that it was the first victory of PM Imran Khan’s government in protecting the ordinary people against profiteers.
The case has been adjourned till May 21.
Reporter Malik Ashraf