LAHORE - The Punjab government has assured the industry representatives that it would not issue notices to the industry while inspectors would be barred from visiting industrial units to check boilers and safety measures.

The affirmation was made during a meeting between the Chambers of Commerce in Punjab and the heads of provincial departments here at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chambers and provincial government pledged to work in unison for much cherished economic revival.

Punjab Chambers were represented by their presidents including LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher, Vice President Saeeda Nazar, President Faisalabad Chamber Muzammil Sultan, President Sialkot CCI Naeem Anwar Qureshi, President Rawalpindi CCI Jawed Akhtar Bhatti, Vice President Jhelum CCI Gul Ahmad, President Jhang CCI Sheikh Mughees Ammad, President Sahiwal CCI Waseem Akhtar, SVP Multan Chamber Kh. Mohammad Hussain, President Sheikhupura CCI Amjad Nazir Butt, President Women Chamber of Commerce Mrs Kokab Parveen, President Rahim Yar Khan CCI Muzaffar Saleem Chaudhry and SAARC Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik.

The Punjab govt was represented by Provincial Secretary Industries Dr. Shujaat Ali, Provincial Secretary Law Dr. Syed Abdul Hassan Najmi, Secretary Labour Hassan Iqbal, Vice Chairman PBIT Dr. Miftah Ismael, Additional Secretary Home Amanullah Niazi and DG Environment Maqsood Ahmad.

It was agreed by both the sides that a Joint Working Group comprising MNA Pervaiz Malik, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Mohammad Ali Mian, Vice Chairman PBIT Miftah Ismael and representatives of Chambers of Commerce would prepare and finalise a set of new laws to facilitate the industry. On the issue of Boiler Inspections, the Secretary Industries said that this sort of inspections would be outsourced soon as a new law has already been worked out. He said that after the implementation of new law, the boiler inspections would be carried out by the insurance companies.