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Severe shortage of utility items at USC stores.

Islamabad -- Branded companies have reduced supply to Utility Stores Corporation (USC) due to severe financial crisis and mismanagement.

Including Islamabad all over the country there is a severe shortage of milk, oil and other utility items in USC stores.

According to USC managers, PPRA rules are the main hurdle in purchase of rice, sugar and pulses. But according to employee union of USC, due to incompetent officials and mismanagement, authorities are trying to prove USC a failed project and ultimately privatized, which would be never tolerated.

General Manager Procurement, Mehtab Banuri told this scribe that shortage is due to PPRA rules, he told that Rs 49 rate given in a tender for purchasing sugar, while Rs 46 per kg is the rate in open market, due to which corporation cancelled all tenders, same is the situation with rice and pulses.

He kept on saying that due to PPRA rules, corporation cannot purchase from open market, and mill owner take the benefit of this rule and give high rate in tenders.

This scribe when contacted USC Union Chairman, Arif Hussain, he informed that some elements are hatching a conspiracy to privatize USC.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 10, 2018
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