LAHORE - Punjab Revenue Authority has inaugurated Restaurant Invoice Monitoring System in Lahore. In its first phase, software will be installed in 50 restaurants to receive record of the consumers.

On Wednesday, PRA Chairman Dr Raheel Siddiqui opened the System at Bistro 201 Restaurant. Revenue Member Mohi ud Din Wani, Commissioner Enforcement Javed Ahmed were also present on the occasion.

Talking to the media on the occasion, Siddiqui said the authority has planned registration of Shahi Qila Food Street, MM Alam Road and hotels around Qaddaffi Stadium in the first phase under Restaurant Invoice Monitoring System.

“After expanding its scope to all the restaurants of Lahore, restaurants all over the province will be brought into the folds of the system,” he said. “The availability of this software will eliminate human interference and at the time of payment of bill in the restaurants, all information regarding tax deduction will reach the department.

“Once this system gets operational, revenue receipt from restaurants will increase 40 times.” A prize scheme is also being introduced for special interest of citizens in this programme, and the consumers can win precious prizes every week by paying their bills at the registered hotels,” he added.

Dr Siddiqui said the authority would give prizes like vehicle, umrah tickets, laptops, mobiles and food coupons every week to the citizens.

food safety culture: The Punjab Food Authority, with the cooperation of hotels and restaurant owners, is providing food safety culture, said PFA Director General Dr Sajid Chauhan.

He was addressing a training workshop of restaurants owners and managers arranged by PFA and CM’s Special Monitoring Units at Alhamra Hall on Wednesday.

“A comprehensive ordinance is being introduced with regard to legal framework of Punjab Food Authority, hotels and restaurants categorisation and Appellate court,” Chauhan told the workshop participants. A food safety system is also being implemented with the help of hotel owners based on public friendly and hygienic principles, he added.

Dr Chauhan advised the hotels and restaurants owners to arrange training of kitchen staff, waiters and other staff on hygienic principles, in the interest of public health.

“Implementation of rules and regulations of Punjab Food Authority is the responsibility of hotels and restaurants owners,” he added.

“The authority will undertake checking of all hotels and restaurants regarding implementation of rules and regulations and the method of grading will be evolved under Punjab Food Authority Scoring System.

“Hotels and restaurants owners should not compromise on the standard and hygienic principles.”

He further informed the teams of Punjab Food Authority would pay surprise visits to different hotels and restaurants of different categories to check sanitary condition and the material used in the preparation of food.

“Hotel owners should pay special attention to the cleanliness condition in their kitchen as unhygienic food result in food poisoning, diarrhea besides affecting kidneys and eye sight,” he further said.

Asking for suggestions from hotels and restaurants owners, the PFA DG said they could send their proposals to Punjab Food Authority on its website www.punjabfoodauthority.gov.com, punjabfoodauthority@hotmail.com, and toll free number 0800-02345.

During the training, Deputy Director (Operations) Saqib Aziz and food experts briefed the hotels and restaurants owners regarding food safety. Owners of more than sixty prominent hotels and restaurants, managers, food experts, consumers, chefs and food safety officers were present on the occasion.