LAHORE - Punjab Chief Secretary Capt (r) Zahid Saeed has directed the District Coordination Officers (DCOs) and relevant departments to finalise arrangements for monsoon rains and remain alert to deal with any untoward situation.

He was chairing a meeting through video link to review preparations for monsoon rains at Civil Secretariat, here on Thursday.

He said that in monsoon plan, special measures should be taken for draining rainwater from low-lying areas. He ordered that de-silting of drains and nullahs be carried out and all machinery be kept operational for draining rainwater during the rainy season.

He also issued instructions regarding removal of debris from sites of development projects. He said that the departments concerned should pay special attention to enhance their capability to deal with natural disasters and should extend full cooperation to district administrations in making effective arrangements for the rainy season.

PSB meeting:  Punjab Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmed Khawaja chaired 17th meeting of Provincial Selection Board-2 during the current year.

First hundred doctors appointed as Senior Medical Officers grade 18 in general cadre of Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department and Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department have been promoted as Additional Principal Medical Officers in grade 19.

The meeting was informed that so far 1366 doctors, college teachers, school teachers and other grade 18 officers of provincial departments have been promoted to grade 19.

Similarly, departmental provincial committees of different sections of S&GAD working directly under the supervision of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmed Khawaja have given approval to promote 524 non gazetted officials during current year A representative delegation of All Pakistan Clerks Association called on ACS and welcomed promotion of low salaried government servants.

Fake factory sealed: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) sealed a fake beverages factory and arrested three people for preparing fake branded bottles here on Thursday.

According to the PFA officials, a large number of branded soda bottles were being prepared in the beverages factory at Sandha, a special task team recovered machines and bottles.

The PFA got registered a case against the accused.

Meanwhile, the PFA also sealed five food outlets over selling substandard and unhygienic items besides using harmful elements in eatables while special teams also imposed heavy fines on two restaurants.

The raids were conducted by officials of the Punjab Food Authority along with special teams of different towns administrations.