Task Force to cater Menace of Counterfeit Medicine - Shahbaz Sharif

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:13
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday, taking notice of Counterfeit medication, announced two task forces to be set up for southern and northern Punjab to crackdown the influence of such drugs in the market.

Shahbaz Sharif addressed a meeting with decision to intensify action against those involved in the production and sale of counterfiet or substandard drugs, with himself as chairman of both task forces.

A Drug Regulatory Authority run by an autonomous board of governors was approved in the meeting who would through-out monitor events and companies involved with zero tolerance. He ordered that amendments be introduced to the relative law to discourage the sale of counterfeit drugs.

The meeting included Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique, Parliamentary Secretary Khwaja Imran Nazir, the chief secretary, the additional chief secretary, health and law secretaries, the commissioner and the DCO attended the meeting.

Wheat procurement

Sharif said the government would spend Rs130 billion on procuring four million tonnes of wheat this year. He told a meeting a wheat procurement campaign would be launched in the last week of April.

He said wheat would be procured at the rate of Rs1,300 a maund. He said small farmers would be given priority during the purchase.

He said the government was expecting a bumper crop this year. “Farmers’ interests will be safeguarded. Their exploitation will not be tolerated in this regard,” he said.

Sharif said that the best possible arrangements had been made for the procurement drive. He said a fair distribution of gunny bags would be ensured at 376 procurement centres to be established across the province. He said the process to pay farmers had been made transparent.

The chief minister said a computerised system would be used for the registration of farmers and addressing their complaints. He said a helpline 0800-60606 had been set up to register complaints. This is in addition to complaint cells set up at provincial, divisional, district and tehsil levels.

He said that the presence of farmers’ representatives at procurement centres would be ensured.

He said farmers would be provided eight bags for each acre and paid delivery charges of Rs7.5 a bag.

He said ministers and secretaries of various departments would remain in the field to monitor the procurement process.

Earlier, the food secretary briefed the meeting giving out important contact number in case of complaints. A farmer could contact:

the food minister at 0300-8405488,
the food secretary at 0304-0920043 and 042-99210514-5,
the additional secretary at 0300-9462862 and 042-99210295,
the Food Department director at 0331-5301071 and 042-99212548 and
the Food Department additional director at 0321-8788128.

Food Minister Bilal Yasin, MNA Rajab Ali Baloch, MPA Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, the chief secretary and the Planning and Development Board chairman attended the meeting through video link.

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