Rs2m fines imposed on owners of flourmills
The District Food Department, Rawalpindi, has imposed fines of over Rs2 million and issued show cause notices to the owners of 20 flourmills, besides suspending quota of 27 mills, for supplying substandard ‘atta’ to consumers.
Warning notices were also issued to owners of 145 mills for supplying inferior quality ‘ hollister clothing atta’.
Deputy Director Fo hollister clothing od (Rawalpindi Division) Chaudhry Muhammad Ajmal told ‘The News’ that the crackdown on flourmills would continue. “We have issued show cause no hollister clothing tices to the owners 20 mills for overcharging and supplying substandard ‘atta’,” he added.
He said that Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had ordered all flourmills not to pack ‘special atta’ in a 20 kilogram bag. Instead, the owners of flourmills were directed to pack ‘special atta’ in 25 kilogram bags and normal ‘atta’ in 20 kilogram bags. “The decision to this effect was taken to curb corruption of retailers, as they were selling special and normal ‘atta’ bags at the same price thus fleecing customers,” he said. He said that ‘atta’ trucks have been provided at more than 20 points in Rawalpindi to end the monopoly of hollister clothing profiteers, as they were trying to create artificial shortage to increase rates.
On the other hand, Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Zahid Saeed has ordered the officials of District Food Department (DPD) to ensure provision of ‘atta’ at the fixed price to consumers in the division besides taking action against the profiteers and the owners of flourmills supplying substandard ‘atta’ at high rates.
A survey conducted by ‘The News’ revealed that retailers and dealers have been selling substandard ‘atta’ at higher prices in different localities, particularly Adiala Road, Chur, Chah Sultan, Gulistan Colony, Pirwadhai and Dhoke Ratta.