Taking serious notice of the reports on shortage of sugar across the country, the Federal Minister for Finance Shaukat Tarin instructed the provincial governments to take appropriate administrative actions to sever the sugar shortage, report said on Thursday. The Ministry of Industries directed to carry out spot checks on the stocks and supplies being made by all sugar mills within their jurisdiction. And also issued orders to check whole-sellers and retailers with a view to determine gaps between stocks and supplies. The ministry directed Chief Secretaries of the four provinces to take strict punitive action under the law against the hoarders of any category.