24 sugar mills got nearly Rs12 billion in subsidies in 2017 and 2019, probe finds


ISLAMABAD: As many as 24 sugar mills received Rs11.8 billion in freight subsidies from the federal and Punjab governments in 2017 and 2019 combined, official data submitted to the commission probing the sugar crisis has revealed. Nearly Rs9.4 billion was released in 2017 ? under the subsidy scheme on exports ? by then prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, notes data prepared by the State Bank of Pakistan for the inquiry commission tasked with probing the recent hike in sugar prices.