Speakers at an anti-narcotics conference demanded that the government should declare Multan a drug-free city like Lahore and launch a robust awareness campaign to make the citizens especially youth aware of the disasters of narcotics’ use.

The seminar was organised by Sajid Memorial Youth club with in collaboration with Anti Narcotics Force Punjab in connection with three-day activities of World Anti-Narcotics Day.

MNA Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar demanded that the Punjab government should release funds for the uplift of drug treatment centre. He regretted that the addicts could be seen at every roundabout of the city but no one took any step to protect. He said that the district administration should rescue the addicts from all public places and get them treated besides taking steps for their complete rehabilitation. He stressed upon the civil society to play its role and expedite efforts for elimination of drugs menace from the society.

Addressing the seminar, Shahid Mahmood Ansari, Dr Irfan Paracha, Aurangzeb Baloch and Abida Hussain said that use of paan with chemical-based ingredients, naswar, injection and other drugs had become very common. They demanded the government and Excise Department should launch crackdown on criminals doing the business of drugs and other narcotics items. They also urged upon the youth to refrain from smoking and using chemical paan.

VISITS: The district coordination officer Zahid Saleem Gondal has said that all DCOs and CPOs of the districts are visiting fruit, vegetable and grain markets of the province on daily basis to ensure supply of these items on cheaper rates to the Ramadan Bazaars through transparent auction.

Talking to the journalists during his visit to the vegetable market here on Wednesday, he added that the prices of aatta, sugar, ghee, meat and other utility items in Ramadan Bazaars were much lower than the market due to government’s efforts. He warned the traders that cases would be registered against them and they would be arrested at the spot if the role of middleman was traced during auction process. He said that the profiteers and hoarders deserved strict action. He directed the EDO agriculture to ensure cleanliness at the market.

FUNDS: Multan Metro Bus Project Chief Engineer Sabir Khan Saddozai said that 1 percent of the project’s budget has been allocated for the beautification and improvement of environment of the town as Rs147 million have been given to Parks and Horticulture Authority for the purpose.

Giving a briefing on beautification of Metro Route here on Wednesday, he added that the PHA would spend the money on landscaping of the route and doing plantation. He said that the PHA had already shifted all plants to nursery from the route.

Earlier, chairing a meeting of construction managers, he directed them to ensure implementation of security measures at the worksite including utilisation of security gear by the workers. He further asked them to display the numbers of emergency services like Rescue 1122, nearest hospital and concerned police station so that they could be informed immediately in case of any emergency. He said that the site area had been secured through installation of iron wall with a view to protecting citizens from any accident.