ISLAMABAD: Utility Stores Corporation (USC) of Pakistan on Tuesday issued clarification regarding the increase in prices. The Federal government provided a special subsidy on 19 essential items on all utility stores across the country under the Ramzan relief package on April 1, 2022. Now this subsidy will be continued on the 5 basic items instead of 19 items, said a press release issued here. The subsidy was given on 19 essential items including sugar, flour, ghee, oil, tea, packed milk, white gram, dates, baisen, Sella rice, basmati rice, broken rice, lentil mash, moong, chana dal, beverages and spices. After the discontinuance of subsidy on some items prices have reverted to pre-ramzan rates. It is worth mentioning that these products on which no subsidy will be given are much less than normal market prices. The Federal government is providing special subsidies from January 2020 on 5 basic items, it will be continued in the months of May and June 2022, so that the public will be given more support. Ghee at Rs 260 per kg, sugar at Rs 70 per kg and 10-kg flour bag will be provided at Rs 400 subsidy on pulses and rice will also be available. The condition of the national identity card will remain intact for the beneficiaries to ensure that more customers can benefit from the ongoing subsidy.