SIALKOT - As many as 50,000 employees have been terminated from their jobs due to CNG closure at 360 filling stations.

All stations have been lying closed for the last two weeks in Gujranwala Division's all the six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts.

CNG Stations Owners Association Gujranwala Region President Nadeem Khan told the media that the owners had been paying salaries to their employees from their personal pockets for the last two months as their was no work for them. Now, the owners have terminated them due to these unavoidable circumstances in a bid to avert financial crisis, he added.

He said that due to unending CNG crisis, the owners of the CNG vehicles now preferred motorcycles to CNG vehicles. They said that the use of patrol had also badly disturbed their monthly budget. He urged the federal government to ensure early measures for provision of CNG.

WORK AT PROJECT REVIEWED: Punjab Secretary Environment Muhammad Anwar Rasheed said that the Sialkot Tanneries Zone was an environment-friendly project being established on 384 acres of land in outskirts of Sialkot.

He was presiding over a meeting of the district heads of the departments held here after visiting the site of the under-construction Sialkot Tanneries Zone. He added that it would help control increasing industrial and environmental pollution being created by the tanneries located in and around the Sialkot city.

He directed the officials to jazz up the construction work to ensure early shifting of all the small and big sized 264 tanneries to this tanneries zone from Sialkot city. He also assured full financial and technical assistance to the mega project. Sialkot DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal, President Sialkot Tanneries Association Sheikh Naveed Iqbal, Director Environment Lahore Tehseen Shah and other officials also attended the meeting.

Nabbed: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) arrested 46 accused on the charge of corruption while seven government servants were caught red-handed while taking bribe during the year 2012. ACE Circle Office Rana Muhammad Ramzan disclosed this while talking to media here the other day.  He said that probe into 220 cases had been conducted and million of rupees were recovered during the corresponded period.

Meanwhile, the Special Price Magistrates challaned 67 shopkeepers for violating Price Control Act and imposed fine of Rs59,100 on the violations during the first week of the month.

Meanwhile, the DCO directed the SPMs to continue crackdown on the profiteers so as to provide some sot of relief to the consumers.