The Punjab Flour Mills Association (PFMA) has announced an indefinite strike that will start today and affect the market’s supply of flour starting on February 14.
The walkout is in retaliation for the Punjab Food Department suspending the wheat quotas for more than 100 flour mills.
Following the government’s decision to suspend the quotas, the ongoing disagreements between the Flour Mills Association and the Food Department have boiled over.
In a statement, the head of the Punjab Flour Mills Association said that the government’s quota for wheat will no longer be used by the mills, ending the market’s access to reasonably priced flour.
Additionally, he asked the Food Department to give proof of any supposed wrongdoing inside the association.
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