Punjab ombudsman offers respite to litigants

LAHORE: On the direction of the Office of the Punjab Ombudsman, Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) has started constructing a boundary wall at a cost of Rs7 million to protect the residents of the FDA City housing scheme from sewage and industrial wastewater emanating from nearby industrial units.

In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesman said the director general of the FDA has also directed the environment protection department and municipal corporation to take action against delinquent industrial units for not properly disposing of industrial waste in Samana village and dumping sewage into the watercourse.

These measures aim to provide the inhabitants with respite from the perils of environmental pollution.

In a separate development, the ombudsman office has interceded on a complaint of one Rai Muhammad Samiullah Khan to ensure the issuance of a four-year Bachelor’s in English degree to him by Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF), the spokesman reported.

Meanwhile, besides registering a complaint with the anti-corruption establishment, the Excise and Taxation Department in Gujranwala district has also initiated departmental proceedings against Inspector Iram Abbas, under the Punjab Employees, Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act, 2006 for fraudulently transferring the vehicle of one Ghulam Abbas to her name.

This action has been taken after the involvement of the ombudsman office on a complaint by Abbas, the spokesman said.

In a separate development, Motor Registration Authority, Model Town Lahore has initiated departmental proceedings against Inspector Faisal Ishtiaq Chatta, Rana Shehbaz and Kashif Saleem, under the PEEDA Act, 2006, who were found responsible for the loss of the vehicle registration file of citizen Haseeb Arshad of Lahore.

In conjunction with this, a duplicate vehicle file has also been issued to the applicant, the spokesman added.

Addressing a different issue of Qazi Muhammad Zeeshan Ali of Multan, who sought to change the category of his computerized weapons from Punjab to the all-Pakistan level, the provincial home department has reported that a total of 194,593 weapons licenses have been renewed, under the rules, by deputy commissioners’ offices throughout the province.

This resolution of an important issue brings relief to the people concerned, the spokesperson said.


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