The district government has constituted joint teams to expand operation against hotels, restaurants and persons involved in the crime of selling poor quality and adulterated food in the district.

The district government has already sealed and fined over 20 hotels and restaurants besides imposition of fine worth millions and registration of cases against the owners during a crackdown.

DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal disclosed on Saturday that the teams, comprising representatives of the district administration and the Punjab Revenue Authority, would conduct surprise raids and seal all those food outlets which would be found involved in sale of poor quality food. He said that some elements inflated their bank accounts by feeding the public with dead animals in the name of mutton and chicken. He warned that these elements would be booked and sent to jail. He directed the members of teams not to accept any pressure and catch big fish.

Meanwhile, chairing a meeting of divisional task force for safe food, the chairman of force MPA Muhammad Ali Khokhar said that the Punjab Government was determined to provide safe and quality food to the masses. He said that only challaning the traders of unsafe and poor quality food was not sufficient as their cases should be pursued properly to get them punished. He said that creation of awareness among masses was very important and media should play its role in this regard. He asked the people to inform administration if their located sale of substandard food anywhere.

He disclosed that a proposal to introduce mobile labs for testing food items besides equipping concerned departments with latest gadgets was also under consideration. He hoped that the on spot test would help ascertain the quality of food and to get the criminals involved in sale of substandard edibles punished.

CITIZENS LIAISON COMPUTERISED CENTRE: The district government has set up a Citizens Liaison Computerised Centre to issue important documents like fard-e-milkiyat, domicile, registry, birth and death certificates and many other important documents under one roof while the land record of all entire district will also be put online till August 31.

This was disclosed by the District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal while chairing a meeting to review progress in the land record computerisation process here on Saturday. The DCO said that the district government worked day and night to end Patwari Culture and for the sake of this purpose it submitted entire revenue record at the computerisation centre. He said that the government accepted all demands from patwaris and offered them facilities. “Now they should end strike culture and serve the public,” he added. He said that the impression that patwaris would become jobless after computerisation of record was baseless as the government would continue to benefit from their services.

The DCO directed all assistant commissioners to send the record of their concerned areas to the computerisation centre for verification forthwith. He said that the citizens would get their required document on a simple application with just one click and it was beginning of a revolution.