Sindh govern­ment urged to set up con­sumer courts

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL - KARACHI -APP

Speak­ers at a con­fer­ence urged the Sindh govern­ment for es­tab­lish­ment of Sindh Food Au­thor­ity ( SFA) as well as con­sumer courts to en­sure con­sumers' rights with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. The de­mand came at the 10th Food Safety and Qual­ity Con­fer­ence- 2017 which was or­gan­ised by Con­sumer As­so­ci­a­tion of Pak­istan ( CAP) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with PSQCA and Malaysian Palm Oil Board Web­mail Sys­tem (MPOB) here at a lo­cal ho­tel.

Chair­man CAP Kaukab Iqbal in his wel­come ad­dress said that food safety has be­come a cru­cial is­sue for the con­sumers in the con­tem­po­rary busi­ness sce­nario with grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion among busi­ness ri­vals. It's high time to kick off com­bined ef­forts to en­sure qual­ity food­stuff to the con­sumers at ev­ery level.

Kaukab said the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act has been unan­i­mously passed by the Sindh As­sem­bly three years back en­abling con­sumers a plat­form where they would be able to get re­spect as well as en­ter­tained for re­dres­sal of their griev­ances.

He also un­der­scored need for im­ple­men­ta­tion on the very act across the coun­try with a true spirit.

He de­plored that Sindh Govern­ment ig­nored the core is­sue to set up con­sumer courts and provin­cial food au­thor­ity de­spite sev­eral re­quests and rec­om­men­da­tions by his or­ga­ni­za­tion. Com­par­ing, he said, the Pun­jab has al­ready es­tab­lished the food au­thor­ity which has been tak­ing stern ac­tions against coun­ter­feit prod­ucts.

The chief guest, Ad­vi­sor to Sindh Chief Min­is­ter on In­for­ma­tion Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Dr Sikan­dar Ali Shoro, said the provin­cial food au­thor­ity has al­ready been ap­proved by the cab­i­net in March last. How­ever, he added that rules and reg­u­la­tions are be­ing for­mu­lated in this re­gard. He vowed to take up the de­mands raised in the con­fer­ence with CM Syed Mu­rad Ali Shah.

"Con­sumer sen­si­ti­sa­tion is piv­otal to cre­ate qual­ity cul­ture in the coun­try." he said ask­ing the stake­hold­ers to make col­lec­tive ef­forts, be­sides shar­ing val­ued rec­om­men­da­tions with the provin­cial govern­ment for the pro­tec­tion of con­sumer rights.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Pak­istan Stan­dards & Qual­ity Con­trol Au­thor­ity ( PSQCA) Ka­halid Sid­diqui termed con­fer­ence a step in the right di­rec­tion to aware peo­ple about the im­por­tance of stan­dard­iza­tion. PSQCA be­ing the sole na­tional stan­dard body is fully aware about the sub­stan­dard coun­ter­feit prod­ucts. "I as­sure you that PSQCA will not let coun­ter­feit­ers free or unchecked in Pak­istan."

He said that PSQCA has de­cided to im­pose a ban on sale of open oil and ghee in the county as ad­ver­tise­ments in this con­nec­tions are be­ing pub­lished in news­pa­pers. Pro­duc­tion of ghee and oil be en­sured as per set stan­dards of the PSQCA. Vi­o­la­tors would be dealt with in ac­cor­dance with the law. As per rough es­ti­mates, some 400 tons of sub­stan­dard open oil and ghee is be­ing sold in Karachi on a daily ba­sis, putting the ci­ti­zens' live at high risk.

High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of stan­dard­iza­tion, Khalid said stan­dards are be­com­ing a pil­lar of the new global trade sys­tem. To­day's in­creas­ingly glob­al­ized trad­ing en­vi­ron­ment, in­ter­na­tional stan­dards are pow­er­ful tools to lead pos­i­tive change for spurring eco­nomic growth, adapt to cli­mate change and open up global mar­kets.

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