Islamabad, Pakistan: The Low-Income groups in Pakistan have been suffering from the skyrocketing prices of flour in the country, making them unable to afford a bag to subsist, reported The News International newspaper. As per locals, the price of flour per kilogram has reached up to Rs 130 in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which has been the reason for the suffering of the citizens.
The citizens have been seeking the government to resolve the prolonged issues of inflation in the form of subsidized prices at the utility stores to make flour easily available and affordable for every citizen in Pakistan.
The News International Newspaper quoted a daily wager Sikandar Zaman’s words, which are, “the ever-rising trends of inflation are literally crushing the middle-income groups and low-income strata, unlike the elite class.
Rising flour prices, which are touching record levels of up to Rs. 130 per kilogramme, have put this staple out of reach for low-middle-income households, raising fears of increased food insecurity.”
The citizens are worried as their incomes have not risen as compared to inflation in the market, which is adding to their financial struggles.
In another instance, the quote from a government employee, Uzma Widad, stated that the common people have been unable to support their families and subsist at the most basic level.
” We are fortunate to have jobs but have been compelled to further cut our essential household expenditures on education and health. The essential commodity wheat is getting out of the affordable range, with prices reaching 130-150 Rs. Per kilogram in Rawalpindi’s open market.
Notably, in the Punjab province of Pakistan, the price of a wheat bag of 15kg has reached Rs 2250. In the city, an ex-mill red flour bag is being sold at 11650 rs while the price of an ex-mill fine flour bag has increased to Rs 13000.’
Rawalpindi’s Naanbai Association stated that in the instance of prices not being controlled, the association will have to increase the rate of roti by Rs 5 again, reported The Express Tribune.
The interrupted supply of wheat has been blamed for being responsible for the skyrocketing prices of wheat in Pakistan.