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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

PASSCO MG & GM Suspended in Wheat Procurement Crisis

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif suspends PASSCO officers for negligence in wheat procurement.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken decisive action against negligence in the wheat procurement process, directing the suspension of two Pakistan Agricultural Storage & Services Corporation (PASSCO) officers. In a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, key officials including federal ministers discussed the wheat procurement program, emphasizing transparency and efficiency in the process.

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During the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif expressed disappointment over the lack of a mobile application for wheat procurement and ordered the suspension of PASSCO’s Managing Director and General Manager Procurement for not adhering to technological instructions. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of utilizing technology to ensure transparency and directed a third-party audit of PASSCO’s stock.

Emphasis on Technology and Transparency

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reiterated the government’s commitment to using technology to streamline wheat procurement, emphasizing the need for a mobile app to facilitate the process.

He emphasized the importance of financial security for farmers through crop insurance and directed PASSCO to procure an additional 400,000 metric tons of wheat transparently and efficiently. Shehbaz Sharif reaffirmed the government’s stance of zero tolerance for farmer losses, promising recognition for high-performing PASSCO centers and officers.

Government’s Commitment to Farmers’ Prosperity

In his address to meeting participants, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif underscored the government’s dedication to the development and prosperity of farmers. He assured that strong measures would be taken to ensure food security in the country and reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to farmers’ welfare.

The Prime Minister’s directive reflects a proactive approach to address issues in the wheat procurement process and demonstrates the government’s resolve to prioritize the interests of farmers for national agricultural development.