Cabinet decides to make the inquiry report of commission on sugar public

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Cabinet decides to make the inquiry report of commission on sugar public

ISLAMABAD: Federal Cabinet has decided to make the inquiry report of the commission on sugar public.

This was stated by Information Minister Shibli Faraz while giving a media briefing in Islamabad today along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar and Special Assistant on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill.

He said the PTI government is firmly committed to accountability and transparency in governance.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar said Sugar Inquiry Commission was established to ascertain the reasons of increase in sugar prices in the last few years. He said an inquiry committee headed by DG FIA Wajid Zia was established by the Prime Minister which recommended for forensic audit of this matter. Mirza Shahzad Akbar said the commission gave its detailed report to special cabinet meeting held today.

He said the report explicitly says that sugar mills owners pay amount to sugarcane growers even less than the support price. In addition, all sugar mills make cuts in the weight of sugarcane from 15 to 30 percent.

Shahzad Akbar said Commission also found irregularities in the form of giving advance payments to farmers in the form of cash or commodity, which is akin to unregulated banking.

Mirza Shahzad Akbar said today is very important in history of Pakistan as no government ever made such commissions in the past. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan also directed all government advisors to declare their assets to ensure transparency.