KP CM informs PM about steps taken for weal of common citizens

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan Thrusday informed Prime Minister Imran Khan  through video conferencing that  his govt is utilizing all available resources to provide relief to its citizens and every effort is being taken to implement the vision and directives of the Prime Minister.   

The CM informed the PM that direct monitoring is being carried out regarding prices, adulteration, encroachments, hoardings, Khuli Kacheris and other administrative matters through digital dashboard in which all the data is collected from independent and third party sources.

Directives are issued and targeted actions are carried out against all culprits.Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired an important meeting of all the provincial governments through video conferencing regarding initiatives taken against artificial prices hike, Hoardings and Adulterations in edible items.

Chief Ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,and Punjab, Chief Secretary Sindh and Chief Secretary Baluchistan briefed the Prime Minster on the actions taken and initiatives underway against Adulterations, Artificial Price Hike and Hoardings in their respective provinces.

Briefing the Prime Minister, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr Kazim Niaz informed that between Nov 2019 and Jan 2020, the Provincial Food Safety and Halal Food Authority have conducted 16,000 field inspections and 10,000 follow up inspections in which Rs 8.3 Million fines were imposed and 2 lakh 77,000 litres/KG of adulterated milk and beverages were seized while at the same time 512 food premises were also sealed.

Similarly, four data coding machinery were confiscated which were involved in adulterations whereas 49 food safety trainings have also been conducted.

Additionally, in the month of Dec-Jan, the District Administrations have inspected more than 10,000 units in which 7 Million fines were imposed, 35 FIRs registered and 354 units were sealed who were involved in adulterations.

Similarly, district wise food adulteration profile has also been prepared for carrying out targeted actions.

With regards to over pricing, the meeting was informed that in the month of January, 1853 inspections were carried out in which 4.3 Million fine was imposed, 65 FIRs registered and 48 Units were sealed.

It was informed that the prices of non-perishable items including pulses, rice etc. are fixed by Price Control Committee headed by the Deputy Commissioners whereas prices of perishable items including fruits and vegetables are fixed in open auction supervised by Price Magistrates and District Food Controllers. The prices fixed are then monitored and actual prices of items are obtained from independent sources.

As for the actions taken against hoardings, the Prime Minister was informed that 352 units have been inspected out of which 23 were sealed, 11 FIRs registered and a fine of Rs 347,000 have also been imposed during the month of January.

Furthermore, a mobile based app has also been introduced in District Peshawar, Abbotabad and Mardan through which home delivery of Fruits and Vegetables is being carried out. Similarly, 65 Kisan markets are also operational currently which are providing local produce at a cheaper price to citizens.