CS unhappy with selling sugar at higher rate


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal on Wednesday expressed his dissatisfaction with the sale of sugar at more than Rs 70 per kg in Ramazan bazaars in some districts and demanded a detailed report from the Divisional Commissioners.

Chairing a video-link meeting of divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners at the civil secretariat, the chief secretary said clear instructions had been issued to ensure the availability of sugar at 70 rupees per kg in Ramazan bazaars, but that some officers did not show accountability in compliance.

He cautioned that implementation of the guidelines should be ensured in all cases as no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. The chief secretary said the deputy commissioners should go to the field to monitor the situation, adding that the sale of sugar in Ramazan bazaars at more than 70 rupees per kg is not acceptable.

He said that administrative officers must perform their duties dynamically to bring relief to people. Asking the officers to strengthen measures against smuggling, the chief secretary fears that the smuggling of wheat, flour and fertilizers could take place during the days of Eid.

He also issued instructions for action against diesel hoarders across the province. Secretaries from different departments including Agriculture, Industries, Food, Punjab Cane Commissioner and relevant officers attended the meeting while all Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners participated via video link.

Milk adulteration: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) carried out a province-wide operation to control the evil practice of milk adulteration here on Wednesday. As per details, dairy security teams inspected 20 dairy farms in Lahore division, 26 in Faisalabad, 32 in Multan, 11 in Rawalpindi, 16 in Gujranwala and 24 each in Sargodha and Sahiwal.

PFA watchdogs served warning notices for improvement on 115 dairy farms, halted production on 16 units and imposed heavy fines on 28 others. Apart from this, the DSTs eliminated 2,860 liters of adulterated milk.

PFA chief executive Shoaib Khan Jadoon said PFA dumped thousands of liters of milk on site after discovering contamination from polluted water and chemicals in the milk. He said PFA uses fully equipped Mobile Milk Testing Laboratories (MMTL) with lactoscan milk analyzers to get the milk sample results fast.

He further stated that the use of adulterated milk causes stomach-related complications and diarrhea. “PFA strictly monitors milk transport vehicles, milk shops and dairy farms to ensure the availability of adulteration-free milk in Punjab,” he said.

Jadoon said PFA will not compromise on food quality and strict action will be taken against counterfeiters and adulterers across the province.


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