The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Senator Shibli Faraz said that Federal Cabinet has decided to make the inquiry report of the commission on sugar public. He said the PTI government is firmly committed to accountability and transparency in governance.
The Information Minister while giving a briefing to the media in Islamabad on Thursday.
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 the commission gave its detailed report to special cabinet meeting held today.
According to Radio Pakistan report, the Special Assistant said the report explicitly says that sugar mill 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. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan also directed all government advisors to declare their assets to ensure transparency.
“A subsidy of 29 billion rupees was given to sugar industry in the last five years,” he said, adding that it was found that total income tax of around 88 sugar mills of the country is ten billion rupees, after getting a tax refund.
He said six big groups of Pakistan have a 51 percent share of sugar industry.