A meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan decided to step up campaign against adulteration in the province and take stern action against those involved in this heinous business.
The Chief Secretary was briefed on the actions taken over sale of expired chocolates, chips, rancid cocking oil, fake beverages and availability of stale food in restaurants and marriage halls.
The Chief Secretary directed that crackdown on adulterates be expedited but there should be no harassment in the name of campaign against adulteration. He asked the officers to show no leniency to the persons involved in adulterating food items as they are enemies of people and country.
Director General Punjab Food Authority Irfan Memon briefed the meeting that during the month of December and January, 35 shops were sealed and a fine of Rs 791,000 was imposed on 246 shopkeepers over sale of adulterated milk. Similarly, 519 shopkeepers were fined Rs 1,806,000 and 33 shops were sealed over sale of unwholesome meat.
Earlier, Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan has directed all commissioners and deputy commissioners to keep close coordination with departments of food and industries to avoid artificial shortage of flour and ensure its sale at the price fixed by the government.
He issued these directions while addressing a meeting of all commissioners and deputy commissioners through video link, here on Sunday. The meeting was attended by administrative secretaries of different departments including food, industries and agriculture, director food and deputy commissioner Lahore.
The Chief Secretary asked the administrative officers to come out in the field to check demand and supply of flour. He said that deputy commissioners should crack down on hoarders and profiteers instead of sitting in their offices so that people could be provided relief. He directed that special measures be taken to ensure sufficient supply of flour in the areas where demand is comparatively high.