Atta crisis hits Gilgit-Baltistan

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, May 17—-23, 2008

By Jehangir Khan Naji
GILGIT: Like other parts of the country, Gilgit Baltistan is also in the grip of a severe Atta crisis these days.
In areas where the commodity is available is being sold at exorbitant rates without any check by the authorities concerned. Even utility stores outlets set up to provide daily-use items to the people at cheap rates have failed to arrange the supply of Atta. Due to shortage of wheat flour, long queues are seen outside Tandoors to get Naan and most the people return homes empty-handed. There are also reports that the rates of Naan have been raised in many areas.
The shortage of Atta has led to protest demonstration in many parts of the region. Reports say that Atta is not available in the markets of all the districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. In areas where it was available, the commodity was being sold at the rate of Rs15,00 per 40kg bag and Rs50 per kg.
Talking to Bange-e-Sahar, a large number of consumers said that director civil supply was issuing weekly statements that there was no shortage of Atta and the stock was enough to meet the requirements of the area for six months.
But when the area was hit by the Atta crisis the official had become silent on the issue. They said nobody was even talking about the reasons behind the Atta shortage in the region.


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