PM declares emergency against food adulteration
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed to expedite the process of formulation of a National Action Plan within a week to counter adulteration in edible items and to check prices of various edible commodities.
The prime minister was chairing a review meeting regarding prices of edible commodities, price control, hoarding, profiteering and counter measures to check adulteration in the country.
The prime minister directed for expediting the process of establishment of a National Demand Supply Cell to maintain the prices of essential commodities like wheat, sugar and prices and demand and supply of other commodities and crops. The prime minister directed to fulfill the requirements of work-force of the ministry of National Food Security in that regard.
Provincial Chief Secretaries briefed the prime minister about tendency of adulteration in essential food items like milk, ghee, edible oil, drinking water, meat, pulses and other items.
Taking strict notice of adulteration in edible items, the prime minister said adulteration in food items would not be tolerated and strict action would be taken against those who were playing with lives of people.
The prime minister directed the chief secretaries to establish a national action plan and a road map within one week to check this curse and prepare a comprehensive policy for the next meeting.
The prime minister was informed that as a whole prices of essential food commodities and other items remained stable in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces and Islamabad while prices of some items decreased. However, the prime minister was told that prices of various commodities witnessed increase in Sindh province. – APP