LAHORE – The Supreme Court on Monday summoned the Punjab Food Department Secretary along with the statistical record showing the disciplinary action till the conviction against the top officers above grade-17 of the department.

A two member bench headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja observed that the only junior officers (below grade-15) had been punished while their officers (above grade-17) had not been punished during departmental inquiries.

The bench was hearing an appeal of the department seeking cancellation of the provincial service tribunal’s order finishing the punishment of a Muhammad Younis, grade-9 Food Grain Supervisor of the department.

The food department during an inquiry had held guilty Younis for not preparing and maintaining reports of wheat, and punished him by giving a minor penalty which was later finished by the tribunal.

The bench expressed displeasure over the disciplinary proceedings only against junior officers by some provincial departments as it had witnessed the same for the last many weeks during hearings.

The bench at morning ordered the secretary to appear within three hours along with the required details. When the court took up matter at afternoon, it was informed by the provincial law officer that the secretary could not appear as he was busy in some meetings. An Assistant Director of food department, Abdul Rauf, appeared and requested for some time for preparation of the record required by the court. The court accepted his request and deferred hearing till April 04 summoning the secretary.

Equal subsidy demanded:  The Lahore High Court Bar Association on Monday demanded of government to provide an equal subsidy on electricity bills of all the citizens of country.

The LHCBA held its meeting presided by its president Shahram Sarwar. LHCBA Vice President Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry, Secretary Sardar Akbar Ali Dogar and others also attended the meeting.

The bar approved a resolution demanding provision of equal subsidy of electricity bills of citizens of all provinces. The government should fix equal loadshedding schedule in the country and Punjab should not be treated discriminately, the resolution said. It urged the government to build dams at small as well as high level including Kala Bagh dam. Addressing the bar members, Shahram Sarwar and Akbar Ali Doggar said that since the last 7 years, the nation was passing through a continue wrath of loadshedding. They said that the ruler seemed indifferent while this problem had become unbearable and intolerable for the people.

“The people are forced to spend their night in unrest with mosquitoes and day while cursing the rulers due to long outages. The economic activity from sugar-thread to aeronautic manufacturing connected with the supply of electricity,” the LHCBA office bearer said. They said educational institutions were in darks, hospitals were sick, industry was silent, agriculture was in tatters, malaise related to electricity were in riff, and the people were worried about their present and the future of their family and the nation.

The said that this wrath of incompetent rulers had forced the people either to commit suicide or to live in abject poverty. The untold stories of miseries related to load shedding and outages inflicted on our nation by the successive Governments could not even tear the rocks but the rulers had not moved even an inch to alleviate the nation from this horrible condition, Akbar Dogar said.