USC raises sugar, flour, ghee prices


Islamabad: Despite the relief measures from the Prime Minister But government-run Utility Stores (USC) has raised prices for sugar, flour, ghee and other foods, ARY News reported Sunday.

According to the announcement, Utility Stores Corporation (USC) has increased the price of sugar by Rs.19 per kg, ghee by Rs.75 per kg and 20 kg bag of flour for Rs.496.

The new prices will take effect at utility stores nationwide beginning January 1, 2023, the notice said.

The new prices will not apply to deserving beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Scheme (BISP).

Earlier, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced targeted subsidies for basic food items through Utility Stores Corporation. These include flour, sugar, ghee, rice and beans.

Consumers enrolled in the Benazir Income Support Program are eligible to receive food items at subsidized rates from the utility store.

Meanwhile, the Utility Stores Corporation is asking all consumers and customers to SMS their computer-based ID number from their cell phone to 5566, and they will receive a one-time passcode. After that, the subsidy can be used and purchased.


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