RE - Punjab Party Decorators and Caterers Association (PPDCA) has staged a protest demonstration in front of the Press Club on Monday against the Punjab govts proposed move to close down marriage halls at sharp 10 pm with a view to save electricity.
Hundred of protestors thronged the Press Club and raised slogan against the proposed decision. They were holding placards and banners demanding of government to avoid making irrational decision that would defiantly lead them towards economic death.
PPDCA Punjab president Ahsan-ul-Haq called recommendations to shut down marriage halls at 10 pm as illogical and unacceptable. He said it would be tantamount to inflict irreparable damages to the businesses of decorators and caterers.
He said that more than 2,500 shops belonged to this business. Lot of people are associated with these businesses and if the proposed move is implemented, a number of people will be unemployed, he added. He said governments point of view behind the recommendation to close down marriage halls in a bid to save the power was incomprehensible.
He was of the view that big shopping plazas and markets, which remained opened till mid night had been making unnecessary use of electricity.
He said the government should get these markets closed down at 7 to 8 pm to save the energy instead of putting futile restriction on marriage halls.
Marriage Hall Association Lahore president Muhammad Illiyas condemned the proposed decision. He demanded of the government to review the move to make it compatible as per situation. He said the government should get the marriage halls closed at 12 pm instead of 10 pm.
He said, we are not in favour of late night marriage functions and that is why we have imposed penalties for more hours to be consumed by the people. He said, If we are not heard, we will raise our voice at different platforms and launch protest demonstration, strikes and hunger strikes to press our due demands.
Appeal to resolve issue of custody of mosque
Tuhafiz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Muhaz has demanded the Punjab government to intervene and resolve the issue of custody of Jamia Masjid Tajdar-e-Anbia, Liaqat Chowk, for ensuring peace during Sabzazar.
In a statement issued here Monday, TNRM chief Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri said that renowned scholar Arif Noori constructed this mosque and it was injustice to give it into the custody to Aukaf Department.
He said that TNRM would soon convene a high level meeting to devise future strategy.
Anti-polio campaign launched in City
Chairman Chief Ministers Task Force on Spurious Drugs, Dr Saeed Elahi has said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed his displeasure over the surfacing of Polio Virus in a child who belongs to the City and ordered inquiry into the case.
He was talking to media men after inaugurating three-day special anti-polio campaign in the City at Lahore General Hospital, here on Monday. Besides Director General Health Punjab Dr Mohammad Aslam Ch, the representatives of WHO Dr Ahmad Darwaish, Dr Rana Mushtaq of UNICEF, EDO Health Dr Fayyaz Ranjha, Director Health (EPI) Dr Arshad Iqbal Dar and other concerned officers were present on this occasion.
Dr Saeed Elahi further said polio virus in the City was a matter of grave concern and a threat to the lives of other children due to which government had taken immediate notice and decided to launch special anti-polio campaign in the City from 10 to 12th August.
He said the chief minister had directed the health department for strict monitoring of the campaign. He said if any negligence at any level found, strict disciplinary action would taken against the responsible officer.
On this occasion, Dr Ahmad Darwaish said micro planning on papers was very good but there was a need for lot of improvement at implementation level.