LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Environmental Protection Begum Zakia Shahnawaz on Tuesday said although plastic bags were of great use in daily life but it was a fact that these were harmful to human health and environment.

The minister expressed these views while addressing a seminar on “Polythene-Free Punjab” held at Punjab University in collaboration with Environmental Protection department, Directorate General Public Relations and NGO Climate Reality, working for healthy and safe environment at international level.

She said that increasing use of plastic bags in edible items was becoming cause of cancer and other diseases. Punjab government was taking serious steps for checking manufacturing of polythene bags in order to provide safe environment to coming generations and making the environment pollution free, she added.

The minister said that the aim of the seminar was to create awareness among young generation about the importance of environment and students of universities could play their active role in this regard.

She said that court proceedings were continuing against those violating Ordinance, she added.

She said that girl and boy students could play an important role for creating awareness among their friends about harms of polythene bags and precautionary measures pertaining to their disposal through social media.

The Minister said, “In order to cope with this problem, we have to promote the trend of use of cloth bags instead of plastic bags so that we can save our children against probable diseases.”

The role of NGOs was worth mentioning in this regard, she added. She also thanked International Climate Reality on holding the seminar.

Principal Environmental Sciences department Dr. Muhammad Sajid while speaking on the occasion said that his institution was playing its active role for highlighting the importance of healthy environment and reduction in pollution through research and education.

The seminar was attended by girl and boy students, faculty members of the Punjab University and civil society in large number.

Two restaurants sealed over cleanliness

Provincial Minister for Food, Bilal Yasin on Tuesday sealed two restaurants during his visit to various restaurants here.

He sealed Chinese restaurant Hsin Kuang and Qabail Restaurant, situated at MM Alam Road, for serving unhygienic food, poor cleanliness situation in cooking area, improper tagging of food items and child labour.

Minister also imposed Rs 300,000 fine on Sichuan Restaurant, situated near Mini Market. He also visited Pizza Hut and Munal Restaurant and directed their administration to improve cleanliness situation.

He said that usage of expired items, presence of flies and poor cleanliness situation was intolerable.

The provincial minister said that restaurants should follow SOPs of food authority, those performing well would be appreciated with cash reward and certificates.

While talking to the media, he said that those restaurants playing with the health of people would be dealt with strictly.

He said that child labour, use of unhygienic food, improper cleanliness situation and staff working in production areas with injured hands would not be tolerated. Bilal Yasin directed all the food inspectors working in various districts to ensure strict monitoring in their cities.  He said that he would himself visit various cities to inspect the cleanliness situation in restaurants.

restaurants sealed

Provincial Minister for Food, Bilal Yasin on Tuesday sealed two restaurants during his visit to various restaurants here.

He sealed Chinese restaurant Hsin Kuang and Qabail Restaurant, situated at MM Alam Road, for serving unhygienic food, poor cleanliness situation in cooking area, improper tagging of food items and child labour.

Minister also imposed Rs 300,000 fine on Sichuan Restaurant, situated near Mini Market. He also visited Pizza Hut and Munal Restaurant and directed their administration to improve cleanliness situation. He said that usage of expired items, presence of flies and poor cleanliness situation was intolerable.

The provincial minister said that restaurants should follow SOPs of food authority, those performing well would be appreciated with cash reward and certificates.

While talking to the media, he said that those restaurants playing with the health of people would be dealt with strictly.

He said that child labour, use of unhygienic food, improper cleanliness situation and staff working in production areas with injured hands would not be tolerated.

Bilal Yasin directed all the food inspectors working in various districts to ensure strict monitoring in their cities.  He said that he would himself visit various cities to inspect the cleanliness situation in restaurants.