Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has directed the authorities of food department to finalize all the necessary formalities regarding the purchase of the requisite quantity of wheat to meet the requirements of the province.
He also directed the authorities to transfer the food inspectors of the department posted in an stations for a long time; and to formulate such policy under which food inspector cannot be posted in particular station for more than one year so that the possibilities of corruption in the department could be minimized.
He issued these directives while chairing a briefing of food department at his office on Tuesday. Taking serious notice of the public complaints regarding the selling of underweight sacks of wheat to the flour mills by the food department, the Chief Minister directed the concerned quarters to take effective measures to check such practice.
To this effect it was decided that in such cases, the effected flour mill owner can register a complaint in the public compliant cell established in the department and claim their loss; and in response to such complaints the concerned officer of food departments would be bound to pay the loss from his pocket and at the same he will be liable to departmental action as well.
The chief minister also issued instructions to the quarters concerned to constitute inspection teams at divisional and district levels having representation of the public and flour mills associations to have vigilant eye on the quantity and quality of wheat stored in the government good owns.
In order to have control on sub standard edibles and drugs in the market, the Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to take necessary steps to increase the minimum level of fine from rupees five thousands to fifty thousands to be imposed on those involved in selling sub standard edibles and drugs.
He also directed the health officers to actively perform their duties as food inspector so that the optimum relief could be given to the public.
It was decided that on the occasion that samples of edibles and medicines would be tested compulsorily from two different laboratories in order to ensure the quality of such items. The chief minister also directed the quarters concerned to take actions against such laboratories involved in male practices regarding the testing of such items.
Meanwhile chairing another briefing of forest and environment department , the chief minister directed the high ups of the department to plant maximum olive trees instead of planting other useless tress, and to work on legislation to prevent the illegal cutting of forests in the name of so called windfall.
He also directed the authorities to formulate strict rules of impounding and to enhance the rates of fines in order to minimize the illegal smuggling and business of timber.
While discussing the issue of water pollution , the chief Minster issued instructions to the relevant quarters to get the water treatment plants operated already installed in various places and report to him soon. He said that his government would spare none whether an individual, organization, factory or company involved in polluting the environment.