Lahore High Court Provisionally Allows Purchase Of Sugar From Mills At Rs 80 Per Kg
Faizan Hashmi 16 days ago Wed 07th April 2021 | 10:29 PM
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday provisionally allowed the purchase of sugar at ex-mill price, Rs 80 per kg, from sugar mills during the holy month of Ramazan
LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Apr, 2021 ) :The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday provisionally allowed the purchase of sugar at ex-mill price, Rs 80 per kg, from sugar mills during the holy month of Ramazan.
The court directed the sugarcane commissioner to take steps for implementation of the orders.
Justice Shahid Jamil Khan passed the orders while hearing petitions filed by Tandiawala Sugar Mills and others against fixing the ex-mill sugar price at the rate of Rs 80 per kg by the provincial government.
A provincial law officer stated before the court that a system was developed in 2006 for fixing prices of sugar, in accordance with the court directions. He submitted that the sugar mills were asked to join the process of consultation to fix the sugar prices but a majority of them did not respond. He submitted that the government had the authority to fix the prices of sugar as per law. He submitted that sugar mills possessed a stock of 2,500,000 metric ton of sugar whereas it was estimated that 155,000 metric ton sugar would be required for the month of Ramazan.
To which, the counsel for mills argued that the government should also look into the issue of general and commercial purchasers.
The government took sugar and gave it to commercial purchasers, he added.
At this, the court observed that it was important to hear the stance of sugar mills and asked the government to hold consultation with them over fixing the prices. The court observed that it would take up the matter again at 4.00 pm while giving an opportunity to the parties for consultation.
Later, as the court resumed proceedings, it was apprised that the parties had failed to reach any settlement over sugar prices.
To this, the court observed that the holy month of Ramazan was approaching and the sugar should be available to the people.
The court adjourning further hearing asked advocate general Punjab to make rules for purchase of sugar, besides seeking a report about necessary amendments. The court also ordered to club all identical petitions and fix them together for hearing.