LAHORE - Chairman Chief Minister's Task Force on spurious medicines, Dr Saeed Elahi has said that recommendations are being formulated for amendment in 1976 Drug Act and Drug Rules for elimination of spurious drugs and quackery from the province. The recommendations will be sent to the Federal government after approval of the Chief Minister Punjab. He was addressing a press conference at Public Relations Department here on Monday. Members Task Force Pir Ashraf Rasool MPA, Dr.Asim Butt and EDO Health Lahore Dr.Fayyaz Ranjha were also present on the occasion, says a handout. Dr Saeed Elahi informed that three task forces are working with regard to elimination spurious and substandard medicines and its members are working voluntarily and paying all expenditures from their own pocket. He informed that more than 20 tones raw material of medicines seized from the area of PCSIR laboratory spurious medicines of worth billions of rupees could be manufactured. He said that this is first time that instead of nabbing the poor employees the owners of the go-down has been arrested and cases have been registered against him under the law. He said that notices are being issued to the importer of the raw material, as it is a violation of Drug Act. Dr Saeed said that the government is taking all out measures to protect and promote pharmaceutical industry. He said that the manufacturers of standard medicines would be encouraged but the drug mafia would be taken to task. He made it clear that no one would be harassed but the people involved in the trade of spurious medicines would be dealt with an iron hand. He disclosed that four tones caffeine was also included in the raw-material taken into custody which is also used in drugs. He further said that all those involved in this scandal would be brought to justice. He said that there is no place in Punjab for illegal traders, substandard and spurious drug manufacturers and the government would eliminate this menace at all cost. Youth set himself on fire over domestic issue A 28-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after sprinkling petrol on his body over a domestic issue in Islampura area on Monday. The victim identified as Muhammad Azam, resident of Akram Park was a painter by profession. He married Zakya Bibi, her cousin, some months back. According to the police, the couple was not enjoying good relations due to the unnecessary interference of deceased's in-laws in his domestic matters. The other reason, the police said, was his poor financial condition. On Monday, Azam's mother-in-law visited his residence and exchanged hot words with him for not earning handsome money to run domestic affairs. She later asked her daughter to leave the house of her husband and go with her until Azam gets a handsome job. Police said, Azam took it on heart, arranged petrol from somewhere and set himself on fire. He was immediately rushed to the Mayo Hospital with critical burns but died. Police handed over body to the family without autopsy.