ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed all four provincial governments to submit a detailed report to the apex court regarding the subsidy on flour prices provided to the citizens throughout the country.
The apex court’s three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heard the flour prices case filed by Jamaat-e-Islami’s senior leader Liaquat Baloch and remarked that “authorities, laws and committees” were not enough to feed the poor public living under the poverty line.
During the hearing, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Food Security Director Muhammad Anwar informed the court that about 5.1 million residents of the province were living below the poverty line. He further stated that the provincial government was introducing a voucher policy to ensure the supply of edibles to the deserving on subsidised rates.
Justice Khawaj said, “Being an agricultural country, Pakistan is self-sufficient in production of wheat and other food items, but still, the masses are starving.”
Punjab Food Secretary Muhammad Aslam informed the court that in Punjab, 20 million people were living below the poverty line, and added that the provincial government was planning to establish a social welfare authority to carter to the deserving and poor people living under worst conditions. He further stated that the above-mentioned authority would work for the better supply of food and take steps to improve the health and education facilities for the deserving people.
Similarly, the Sindh food secretary informed the court that about 15 million people of the province were living below the poverty line. The Balochistan government would present its calculations and figures to the court today (Tuesday) when the court resumes.
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