Task force to contain commodities slippage

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: A high level meeting to discuss issues related to the slippages and pilferages of commodities of daily use to neighboring country Afghanistan through untraditional routes was held here with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair.

Besides, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Kazim Niaz, the Inspector General Police Sanaullah Abasi, relevant civil and military high ups and representatives of intelligence agencies attended the


The meeting, after threadbare discussion on various matters, decided to constitute a special task force under the chairmanship of Secretary Home Department and with representation from all the relevant civil and military bodies, intelligence agencies and customs.

The task force was directed to device a comprehensive and workable strategy within one week to contain such slippages and pilferages in an effective manner.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Chief Minister said that in the prevailing situation cent percent containment of such slippages and pilferages was an important need and top priority of his government.

He directed the task force to point out the issues are related to the Federal Government they could be taken up at federal level for timely resolution.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan while showing his full confidence in the District Administrations, Police and health workers in the prevailing corona situation has urged upon the District Administrations across the province to further improve their efforts in order to facilitate the public to the maximum.

He has assured that all the urgent requirements of District Administrations and the frontline health workers would be fulfilled on priority basis to enable them effectively deal with the corona pandemic.

He was chairing a meeting of all the Divisional Commissioners through a video conference here at Chief Minister Secretariat on Tuesday. Besides Provincial Minister for Health Taimur Salim Jhagra and Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Kazim Niaz, relevant administrative secretaries attended the meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat whereas elected public representatives and deputy commissioners attended the meeting from their respective regions.

The divisional commissioners briefed the Chief Minister about corona related matters including lockdown and social distancing measures, implementation of SOPs, availability of edible commodities, corona testing capacities and quarantine/isolation facilities in their regions.

The Chief Minister directed the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to ensure the implementation of government’s instruction regarding lockdown and social distancing, and to closely monitor the implementation of SOPs issued by the government for the essential industries and shops conditionally allowed to operate adding that strict action should be initiated against the owners of the industries and shops who do not strictly implement the SOPs. He further directed the divisional and district administration for regular price checking during Ramadan and to keep close eyes on the hoarders and to initiate strict action against those involved in hoardings.

Mahmood Khan urged upon the elected public representatives to have a close coordination with the respective district administration to make coordinated efforts to deal with the situation stating that if the elected representatives and the local administration work together then it would yield very positive results. He also urged upon the elected representative to play their effective role in giving awareness to the general public regarding precautionary measures. Taking notice of some public complaints, the Chief Minister directed the local administrations to ensure the strict implementation of safety measures and banks. He further directed all the district administrations to ensure implementation of the SOPs finalized in consultation with Ulemas for offering prayers in mosques during the month of Ramadan and to have close liaison with the local Ulemas in this regard. “Due to the peculiar situation in our country, neither we cannot afford to have a complete lockdown and nor we can open up the lockdown”, the Chief Minister remarked and added that there should be a balance of both in order to contain the corona outbreak as well as provide livelihood to the people. The divisional and district administration were also directed to start wheat procurement process well in time and to ensure that their targets of wheat procurement are achieved cent percent.