LAHORE - A big jump of Rs 30 million annually in revenue generation is expected with increase in the fees of computerised licences for manufacturing, storage and sale of food commodities in food department of the city district government, Lahore Previously, the department collected just around Rs 30,000 annually as only Rs 25 were charged for all types of food licences which were manual instead of computerised. However, with the implementation of pure food rules 2007, CDGL has increased fees of all sorts of licences ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 50,000 to help the department improve its economic position. The incredible hike in the revenue generation has set an upbeat mood in the food department. According to budget detail, total income has been estimated as Rs 14.824 billion against the expenditures of Rs 14.351 billion, thus leaving Rs 472.5 million as surplus amount. The addition of Rs 30 million in total income will be good news for CDGL DO (food) Masood Ashraf told The Nation that computerisation of licences would go a long way in maintaining the data update regarding food outlets and factories. He said it would also help checking adulteration and hygienic condition of food items. On a query, he said as per new age demands, Rs 25 fee for licences was a joke. While manual system of issuance of licences was susceptible to be manipulated, he added. Dr Masood Ashraf said with this move, hike in charges of challans against unhygienic conditions, sampling failure and adulterations would help revolutionise the food manufacturing, storing and selling of food things. As per rough estimation, there are around 18,000 food outlets, shops hotels and manufacturers in the City. The CDGL has announced four categories for the licences which include licence of loose sale of banaspati, licence for manufacture, storage & sale of goods and licence for cooked meat. Fees of licences have also been categorised as per premises of business. Licences fee for loose sale of banaspati is at Rs 50. Licence fee for cooked meat is Rs 500. Licence fee is Rs 1,000 for premises of the business including wholesale dealers in margarine, banaspati, fat spreads, animal fat, (Halal), ghee, fish oil, edible oils, spices, confectionary, cereal, products, soft drinks, aerated water and cold storages. Licences fee is Rs 10,000 for the premises of business of creameries, dairies, dairy farms, bakeries, hotels, eating houses and other small scale food manufacturing concerns. While the licence fee stands at Rs 50,000 for the premises for the manufacturing or preparation of pasteurised, sterilised, UHT milk, milk powder, condensed and evaporated milk, cheese and any other milk products, edible oils, margarine and banaspati, biscuits, canned foods, alcoholic drinks and beverages, bottling factories, sugar factories, cereal products, natural mineral water/bottled drinking water. The duration of all licences is from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. As per the direction contained in Rule 37, Pure Food Rules, 2007, an EDO (Health) will act as food authority to maintain permanent record of the licences, category-wise, granted under the Ordinance. He will streamline the procedure of licencing in the perspective of transparency of actions. The DO Food, who is also Secretary DQCB (Food), will send inspection teams to the premises on the same day of receipt of application for licence. Each team comprises a food inspector, a doctor and an architect. On receiving report from the inspection team, the secretary DQCB will personally verify the report before forwarding it to the food authority, Executive District Officer (EDO) Health, for final approval after getting approval from the food authority. The secretary DQCB will issue computerised licence and the same will be sent to the applicant through courier. The entire process from receiving application to the dispatch of computerised licence will be completed within 15 days.