Islamabad: Around 14,442 cases have been disposed of by Punjab region of the Wafaqi Mohtasib within the period of three weeks as part of drive to ensure speedy justice to the citizens.
In this connection a meeting of regional heads of Mohtasib offices in Punjab was held with Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib Salman Faruqui in chair. The committee was apprised that around 3,081 cases have been disposed of in Faisalabad, 8,633 from Lahore and 2,728 from Multan regions.
Addressing the meeting, the Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib directed the regional directors to ensure disposal of cases within minimum possible time as the citizens had been suffering because the backlog had swelled to 75,000 cases, since the post of Mohtasib had been vacant for more than a year.
Mr. Salman Faruqui said that similar meetings would also be held with the regional offices of other provinces to examine the pace of disposal of cases. He told the participants that in order to improve functioning and empower the office of Wafaqi Mohtasibs, a draft bill would soon be tabled before the National Assembly for approval.
He said that the annual number of complaints registered with the Wafaqi Mohtasib is thirty to forty thousand; steps have been taken to finalize the decisions that included the verification of findings that would follow final approval by Wafaqi Mohtasib. Mr. Salman Faruqui told the meeting that more advisors were being appointed for early disposal of cases and that various bottlenecks were being removed and the government agencies are being asked to respond within 15 days.