PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has exempted food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, sugar, cement and tobacco industries of holidays, said an official handout issued here Saturday.
A task force constituted by the Industries Department is authorised to monitor the concerned industries and in case of failure in the adoption of preventive measures against coronavirus, it can take action and shut down work of violators with immediate effect.
The decision of the formation of task force was taken in the meeting of the provincial cabinet. The aim of the task force was to identify economic development and public service oriented industries to keep them open during holidays.
The task force headed by the KP Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KP-EZDMC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Javed Khattak is comprised of KP CEO BoIT, Director Industries, Small Industries Development Board (SIDB) Managing Director (MD), Economic Revitalization KP and FATA (ERKF) project director (PD) and KP-EZDMC manager estates.
The task force has submitted its recommendations to the provincial government and in light of that, the Industries Department exempted Oil & Ghee, bottled water, beverages, food items packing, pharmaceutical, cement, sugar, pesticides and tobacco industries of the holidays.
The purpose of the step is to guarantee the supply of essentials to the people. However, the task force has been directed for keeping these industries under strict monitoring to close them in case of failure in adherence to preventive SOPs against coronavirus.