The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association demanded that the government should ban the import of cotton lint and yarn from India through Wahga border.

The demand was raised by the PCGA members during its Central Executive Committee meeting. The CEC urged upon the federal commerce minister to adopt measures for payment of outstanding amounts against textile sector to the ginners. It was told at the meeting that cotton sowing was delayed due to incessant rains in cotton zone and 25 percent less area came under cotton crop till May 10, 2014 as compared to corresponding period last year.

The CEC of PCGA decided to register all the eligible brokers to safeguard the interest of the cotton ginners as well as growers and there would be no deal with unregistered brokers in future. However, no fee would be charged for registration from the brokers. Similarly, the ginners would not supply cotton to the defaulting textile mills. The CEC also constituted an international liaison committee to develop interaction with international associations and to annex the membership of International Cotton Association.

The CEC asked the member to submit the list of defaulting textile mills to PCGA so that it could be forwarded to Federal Board of Revenue and Ministry of Textile Industry. The CEC criticised the pathetic role of ministry of textile industry and said that the ministry did nothing to recover the stuck amounts of poor ginners. The meeting was attended by Chairman Mukhtar Ahmad, Senior Vice Chairman Prem Chand Khiatani, Vice Chairman Aasim Saeed Sheikh, Haji Muhammad Akram and others.

OPC OFFICES PLEDGE: The government has decided to set up regional offices of  Overseas Pakistanis Commission in Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal and other divisional headquarters to facilitate the expatriates and their families.

This was disclosed by former advisor to the chief minister Umer Farooq Bhatti while talking to the media persons here at Multan Press Club on Wednesday. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had constituted an overseas Pakistanis commission on April 29,2014 to protect the investment, property and self respect of expatriates in Punjab and provide them facility of birth certificates of their children, domiciles, national identity cards, renewal of their passports, protection of their families in Pakistan, saving their properties from land grabbers, providing them information about secure and profitable investment. He  said that offices of the commission would also be established at district level in due course of time.

LAND RECORD COMPUTERISATION: The computerisation of land record is underway in Multan and 180 out of 278 constituencies (jama bandi) of Tehsil Saddar have so far been computerised. This was disclosed by Assistant Commissioner Saddar Shakil Ahmad Bhatti here on Wednesday.

He further disclosed that 20 counters had been set up in Tehsil Saddar for the computerisation and the target of complete computerisation would be achieved very soon. He said that the process of getting fard-e-milkiyat as well as selling or buying properties would become very simple and easy. He hoped that the new system would help bring the ratio of public’s complaints down to a considerable level. He directed the patwaris and other staff to expedite their speed.