LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 02nd Nov, 2016 ) : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif chairing a meeting on Wednesday reviewed working on Punjab Agriculture, food & Drug Authority (PAFDA). He expressed his indignation over large number of members of government sector on the board of the authority besides delay in some matters and reprimanded authorities concerned. The Chief Minister directed to change all official members of the authority.
He said that in spite of his clear instructions, it was regrettable that the number of official members in the authority was very high. Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said that experts from private sector should be in majority in the authority's board and the Punjab Agriculture, Food & Drug Authority would be completely autonomous. He said that as Punjab Agriculture, Food & Drug Authority was directly linked with human lives, therefore, there was no justification for delay in the matters with regard to making the authority functional.
Shehbaz Sharif said that the elements engaged in the heinous business of spurious drugs were enemies of humanity while those dealing in fake agri medicines were causing a loss to agriculture sector. He said that it was time to root out the evil trade of spurious medicines and Punjab Agriculture, Food & Drug Authority had to play a vital role in this regard. He said that traditional methods were insufficient in the service of the people of the province.
The Chief Minister said that he is answerable to Allah Almighty as well as masses, and only those officers who would deliver results would remain on their posts. He said that board of Punjab Agriculture, Food & Drug Authority would meet twice a month while he would personally preside over its meeting on monthly basis. Provincial Ministers Bilal Yasin, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of concerned departments and board members of the authority attended the meeting.