“Ensure cheap flour and sugar in the bazaars of Ramazan”
LAHORE: On the instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to relieve people as much as possible during Ramazan, the Punjab government would provide sugar at a reduced price of Rs 70 per kilogram in Ramazan bazaars across the province from today today (Sunday).
Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal chaired a meeting at the Civil Secretariat on Saturday to review the implementation of the Ramazan package, the wheat supply campaign and measures to combat smuggling.
The Chief Secretary has directed officers to ensure plentiful availability of 10 kilogram sacks of flour at the rate of Rs 400 throughout the province. He mentioned that providing maximum relief to people during the month of Ramazan is a priority, adding that prices of essential commodities should be checked regularly in the open market.
The Chief Secretary instructed the competent authorities to continue the control measures on the smuggling of wheat and fertilizers and to focus on monitoring food supplies, especially fruits and vegetables ahead of Eid.
He praised the performance of the deputy commissioners in the wheat supply campaign. The Divisional Commissioners gave a detailed briefing of the meeting via a video link. The meeting was informed that flour and sugar were available in abundance in all districts. The number of checkpoints in bordering districts has been increased to curb wheat and fertilizer smuggling. Administrative Secretaries of Industries, Food, Information, General Manager of Public Relations, Punjab Cane Commissioner and relevant officers attended the meeting while all Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners attended. participated via video link.
PFA: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has halted production at five famous cafes and imposed heavy fines on four restaurants in upmarket areas of the provincial capital for failing to meet food safety standards and quality parameters.
As part of the ongoing anti-tampering campaign, raids were carried out under the supervision of PFA Chief Executive Shoaib Khan Jadoon at Mall 1, Main Gulberg Boulevard and MM Alam Road here on Saturday.
DG PFA said the verification team has imposed Emergency Prohibition Orders (EPOs) on Second Cup, Mocca Coffee, Ganache Cafe, Shagaf and Sasha’s to halt their production until further notice.
DG PFA said PFA took action against these large cafes for using substandard bread, brioche, cheese and substandard ingredients infested with fungus. Apart from this, the food outlets did not take satisfactory preventive measures to control the pests and an abundance of cockroaches were seen in the kitchen during the raids, he added.
Similarly, Cafe Aylanto, Mandarin Kitchen, Cafe Zouk and Salt n Pepper were penalized with heavy fines for unsatisfactory food safety and hygiene provisions.
Jadoon said the purpose of a special anti-tampering campaign was to ensure the quality, safety and standard of food during Ramadan. He said that PFA ensured the implementation of a uniform policy for the food industry from day one without any discrimination whatsoever, big or small.
He further said that PFA will continue to take action against food companies that provide substandard food or fail to comply with Punjab’s pure food regulations.