MUZAFFARGARH    -   Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ali Anan Qamar has directed all assistant commissioners to ensure stern action against the shopkeepers and flour dealers found involved in artificial shortage and profiteering.

Chairing a meeting with the representatives of flour mills association and officers of district government on Tuesday, the deputy commissioner said that all possible efforts were being made to prevent shortage of flour in the district.  He directed the flour mills association to continue supply of flour in the market, adding that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.

DC Qamar asked assistant commissioners of the district to launch a comprehensive crackdown against the shopkeepers and dealers if found involved in creating artificial shortage and profiteering. He urged the officers to impose heavy fine on the violators. Deputy Director Development Anam Hafeez, district food controller and other officers concerned were also present on the occasion.

14 FOOD OUTLETS FINED IN SARGODHA 

The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Tuesday imposed a fine on 14 food points in the division. According to PFA officials, teams headed by Additional Director (operation) M Umar Farooq conducted raids at hotels, bakeries, shops and food outlets, and imposed Rs167,000 fine on 14 shopkeepers over poor cleanliness arrangements, incomplete medical certificate and adulteration.

Meanwhile, the team discarded 600-litre water and 19-litre expired cold drinks while notices were issued to 89 owners for selling sub-standard and hygienic foods.