HAFIZABAD

The Punjab growers have announced to take out a protest rally from Nasir Bagh to Punjab Assembly on May 31 against low prices of agricultural products.

Addressing a press Conference, Kisan Board Pakistan Divisional President Ch Amanullah Chattha protested against the anti-growers policy of the government. He called upon it to formulate pro-growers policies to ensure their returns of agricultural produces.

He said that due to wrong policies of the government, rice prices have been further gone down and they were also not yet getting fair returns of sugarcane crops. He demanded adequate support prices of paddy and sugarcane and waiving off GST on agricultural implements and electricity.

He also reminded the Prime Minister of Pakistan to fulfil his eight months old promise to pay compensation of Rs5,000 per acre to the growers of river belt area whose paddy crops had been ruined during flash flood in river Chenab last year.

Meanwhile, the inhabitants of more than seven villages called upon the district administration to reconstruct Seeray Tarar-Vanike Road which has become dilapidated due to lack of proper maintenance during last one year.

The villagers of Sawanpura, Thatha Dheoka, Thatha Gaghoka, Jhanb Tarar and Seeray Tarar have said that the road was in pitiable condition and despite numerous requests no action has yet been taken to re-metal the road causing a lot of hardship and inconvenience two thousands of villagers located on the road.

They pointed out that whereas the government had launched new CM’s Rural Road Programme yet no attention was being made for proper maintenance of the roads. They called upon the authorities to ensure re-metalling or proper repair of the road to make it motorable.

DIRECTIVES: District Coordination Officer Muhammad Usman has directed the Drug Inspectors to take stern action against the medical stores which were selling spurious/fake/expired medicines. He also directed them to take deterrent action against the quacks who were playing with the lives of innocent peoples.

He was addressing meeting of District Task Force for Anti-quackery, which was attended among others by EDO (Health) Dr. Muhammad Aslam Shaheen, District Drug Controller Asif Bhinder and Drug Inspectors Arif Ghaori and Tahir Mehmood. The DCO said that those medical stores selling spurious drugs would be shown no leniency and their stores should be sealed immediately.

He further said that the quacks deserve no leniency and they should be arrested. He also directed the officers to seal the unregistered medical stores. He warned the Drug Inspectors that stern action would be taken against them if they failed to check quackery in their respective areas.