Director food to check quality, prices, govt tells SHC

March 30, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Thursday informed the Sindh High Court (SHC) that it has appointed a director food to check the quality of the food as well as the prices.

SHC bench, headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing a petition filed by Mohammad Imran Shehzad, a civil rights campaigner, who moved the court for reduction of prices of fresh milk and dairy products and formation of a taskforce to regulate the prices.

In Thursday’s hearing, chief inspector food appeared complying with the court’s earlier direction and submitted that the government of Sindh has appointed a director food under Sindh Food Authority Act. “The director will not only check the quality of the food but the prices as well,” he added.

AAG submitted that he would place on record the progress taken place towards implementation and enforcement of the authority. The court adjourned the hearing till 20th April.

Earlier, the petitioner had stated that the authorities concerned are not fixing the prices of dairy products by following the procedure provided under Price Control and Prevention Profiteering and Hoarding Act, 1977.

According to the petitioner, the SHC in August 2016 directed the authorities concerned to form a mechanism to control and maintain the prices of dairy product; however, the milk prices had been increased which is the violation of court’s earlier order.

The court was requested by the petitioner to direct the law enforcement agencies including Rangers and Police to ensure the sale of milk at Rs 70 per liter.