LAHORE - The pure food seems to remain a dream for the populace even under the elected regimes, as Thursday session of the Punjab Assembly failed to get the real answers concerning this vital issue.

In the Thursday session of the Punjab Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary Chaudhry Asadullah who had to respond to MPs queries regarding the food department in the absence of the minister in-charge Bilal Yaseen, poorly failed to satisfy members’ questions regarding sale of unhygienic and adulterated food freely in the provincial capital.

The session started with 52 minutes behind its scheduled time at 10am with Speaker Rana Iqbal Khan in chair.

Soon after the recitation of the Holy Quran and Naat, the House adopted Question-Hour on Food Department and Parliamentary Secretary Ch Asadullah had to face an uneasy situation as he answered the queries poorly in absence of the Food Minister Bilal Yasin.

Several MPs asked Asadullah about the distribution of ‘dead meat’ in the markets and hotels, besides the sale of adulterated food in the provincial metropolis right under the nose of the department but he (parliamentary secretary) miserably failed to satisfy the members over this serious issue concerning the health and life of the masses.

Most of the members expressed serious concerns over the performance of the food department.

They also raised questions about improper use of Sugar Cess (funds) and storage of wheat in the province.

On a point of order, a treasury member Sheikh Allaudin raised the appointment issue of a veterinary doctor as the chairman of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

He questioned, “How could a ‘Dungar Doctor’ be appointed as the PMDC chairman.

The chair suggested Allaudin that he should table an adjournment motion as it was important that how a ‘Dungar Doctor’ was appointed as PMDC chairman.

Sheikh Allaudin tabled two adjournment motions related to different issues of earnings of marriage halls in the city and irregularities in the admissions of the students in medical colleges including Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat.

Opposition member, Amir Sultan Cheema tabled an adjournment motion about the forced use of banned medicines among the sportswomen of Punjab University, which were creating serious genetic and other medical problems.

Another opposition member Waqas Hasan Moakal inquired about the progress in case of kidnapped MP Rana Jamil. Provincial minister in-charge home department Col (R) Shuja Khanzada told the House that home department was working on it and he would be free soon.

He also informed the house that Rana Jamil was in custody of outlawed TTP Mohmand chapter.

Punjab Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman laid reports in the house including the annual performance reports of Punjab Bait-ul-Maal for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, Faisalabad Development Authority, Gujranwala Development Authority, Rawalpindi Development Authority and Multan Development Authority for 2012-13, Punjab Public Service Commission for year 2012 and 2013, Parks and Horticulture Authority Lahore 2012-13, and Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) for 2011-12.

A report on the pending Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2014 was also laid.

Treasury member Hina Pervaiz Butt moved five adjournment motions on faulty CNG cylinders of rickshaws.

Later, the house continued general debate on the democracy on the fourth consecutive day and only four treasury members including Majid Zahoor, Mian Tariq, Ghyas ud Din, and Khalid Mehmood participated in it.

All the four members urged PTI Chairman Imran Khan to end the sit-in and rejoin the assemblies as they (PTI) were a political force and they should take up their issues in the elected houses being a democratically elected people.