LAHORE - A Supreme Court Bench taking serious exception to unhygienic and squalid conditions of kitchens in the hotels and restaurants in City Thursday gave one month time to the Ministry of Tourism to attend and ameliorate the situation as well as take action against the officials who are not discharging their duties properly thus violating Pakistan Hotel and Restaurants Act of 1976. Heading a two-member Bench, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday expressed his utter dissatisfaction with the performance of controller and deputy controller of the City District Government to ensure cooking of quality foods at the restaurants and hotels and said, the preference of these officers appears that they do not attend to their duties and relax as well as enjoy in the air-conditioned offices. The Judge said no matter how many laws are framed, no use of them unless they are implemented, which still appears a hard task. The Court wanted suspension of the idle officers as they failed to satisfy the court as to the number of registered hotels in the town, the condition of kitchens therein and how many of them have been challaned for not meeting the requirements of law. The other judge on the Bench, Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad asked the officials about sections 15 of the Act but they failed to answer properly on which the judge told them that it related to the overcharging from the customers in the hotels and restaurants and the officials were failing their duties to keep a check on the same. In view of the statement made by Secretary Tourism, Sayahat Ali Khan, the court gave time to let them set things right. When the Secretary said the his department was framing a law to control overcharging, the court said no use of framing the law if the will to implement was absent. However the Secretary said they had constituted a committee for this purpose and at the same time groused about the shortage of staff with the department to the needful. On behalf of the Ministry and Tourism, which has the supervisory authority on the hotels and restaurants, the Secretary sought one-month time to comply with the court order in letter and spirit as well as take action against the delinquent officials. The court allowed the request while summoning District Food Controller on Friday (today). Despite the undertaking given by the Secretary, the Court ordered that the poor performance of Controller, Muhammad Yar and that of Deputy Controller Muhammad Nasim should be made a part of their respective Annual Confidential Report (ACR). The court strictly asked the officials concerned not to stay at offices but perform their field duty and ameliorate the food and hygienic wherein it is prepared. The court would take up further hearing of the main case on October 12 next. It may be mentioned that the Court is proceedings with a human rights case which had emanated from the sale of expired juices in the town as documented and shown by a private TV channel. The unhygienic and unwholesome food being sold in the market came up before the court as part of the proceedings