LAKKI MARWAT - The butchers in Lakki and Naurang towns slaughter weak and unhealthy animals besides they adulterate water in the meat to raise its weight.

It was disclosed at a meeting of the District Price Control Committee held in district secretariat Tajazai on Thursday.

Deputy Commissioner Nisar Ahmad chaired the meeting. Among others AC Abdul Shakoor Dawar, Chairman District Public Safety Commission Haji Shamal Khan, officials of food, livestock and municipal administration and representatives of traders and consumer bodies attended it.

“Taking the advantage of non-functioning of slaughter houses in both the towns, the butchers slaughter animals in streets and on the sides of sewerage drains, posing a serious threat to human life,” said some participants of the meeting.

They said that 80 percent of animals slaughtered in streets and open areas in parts of urban localities were not fit for human consumption.

“The municipal administrations get millions of rupees for awarding cattle fair contracts but they did not spend a single penny on livestock,” a participant told. The meeting took stock of issues for discussion and fixed the rates of daily use commodities.

It also discussed a comprehensive mechanism to ensure availability of pure and quality food items in markets and implementation of official price list in letter and spirit.

Speaking at the meeting the deputy commissioner called upon the representatives of traders’ organisations to pinpoint black sheep in their own ranks so that the administration could take a stern action against them.

He made it clear that those found involved in selling substandard daily use articles would be sent to jails.

“Besides imposing heavy fines the violators of official price list will be sent behind bars”, he told. He directed the officials of municipal administrations and livestock department to make slaughterhouses functional and initiate action against butchers involved in selling meat of weak and unhealthy animals.

Directive to ensure course

completion

Meanwhile, Officials of Elementary and Secondary Education Department have directed the teachers to ensure completion of course before the end of academic year and focus on preparing students for annual examination.

During inspection visits of the government primary schools in Kot Kashmir and a middle school in Chandukhel on Thursday, ASDEO (Primary) Qadeer Shah and ASDEO (Physical) checked the record of utilization of schools’ pupils and PTC funds.

They also evaluated the performance of students.

They said that the heads of schools should ensure completion of courses by monitoring the work of their subordinate teachers.

“The students need attention of their teachers as annual examination and the end of academic session is nearer”, they maintained.

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They directed the headmasters to improve cleanliness and learning environment in their respective schools.