KP Food Department collects Rs. 820,000 fines from food violators during Ramadan

Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: The Food Department released a report on operations during the month of Ramadan with legal action has been taken against 677 people involved in food violations in urban and rural areas.More than 2,000 shops were checked by the food department and fines of Rs. 820,000 were deposited in the national treasury. During Eid-ul-Fitr, a grievance cell was setup for the convenience of the citizens and action was taken as soon as the complaints were received.On the direction of Provincial Minister for Food Alhaj Qalandar Lodhi, Secretary Food Department Nisar Ahmed, Director Muhammad Zubair Khan, a special team was formed under the supervision of Ration Controller Aftab Umar against vendors and sellers of substandard food items during Ramadan.Food controllers, food inspectors and others conducted operations in different areas while Assistant Food Controller Tasbihullah took action on 134 complaints registered on Pakistan Citizen Portal. During Ramadan, the food department checked more than 2,000 shops across Peshawar and cracked down on 677 people for violating the Food Act, including 249 butchers, 28 bakery owners, 92 vegetable sellers, 97 fruit sellers and 45 others.Action was also taken against Milk sellers include 71 grocery store owners, 47 chicken sellers, 36 bakers and 6 flour dealers. Similarly, two middlemen were arrested for increasing the prices of lemons.Talking to media, Rationing Controller Aftab Omar said that in order to provide quality and fixed food items to the citizens during the Holy month of Ramadan, the officials of the Food Department performed their duty honestly and issued official price list in the fruit and vegetable markets in the morning. The department has also taken all necessary steps to implement this and for Eid-ul-Fitr a regular complaints cell has been setup by the department on which many complaints have been received from the citizens and immediate action will be taken. Action was taken against those involved in the sale of expensive and substandard food items. He further said that the officers of the food department continued to carry out operations in the guise of ordinary citizens during Sehri and Iftar so that the citizens could get food items at fixed rates which was well appreciated by the people.