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Islamabad

December 7, 2017

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‘Efforts on making PSQCA more result-oriented’

‘Efforts on making PSQCA more result-oriented’

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain on Wednesday said the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority was an important
arm of the ministry ensuring quality and standard of different food items being produced and processed in the different regions of the country.
"We are committed to making this authority more proficient and result oriented organization," he told the PSQCA officials during a meeting here. The meeting was convened to assess the overall performance of the PSQCA. Federal Secretary MoST Yasmin Masood was also present in the meeting.
Director General of PSQCA Muhammad Khalid Siddiq gave a detailed presentation about the achievements and working of PSQCA. The DG of the PSQCA informed the chair that the authority has seized 289 different units, including 144 of bottled water which were found substandard and unhygienic.
He said that authority has issued 465 new licences to the manufacturers in the current year and a proposal for Issuance of Foreign Manufacturing licence will be submitted for the approval in the next Board of Directors Meeting.
The minister said the PSQCA was initially operating through only North and South zones but in order to make it more effective it's operation has been extended. “Now six independent Conformity assessment zones have been established which include Karachi, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar," he said.
The DG PSQCA also shared that Pakistan participated in the elections of "Standard and Metrological Institute for Islamic countries"(SMIIC) and got highest number of votes. The minister asked the PSQCA authority to launch an effective media campaign to highlight the quality issues for the awareness of the general public.
He also directed the PSQCA regional Directors to submit their progress report with details of the actions taken in their respective areas, to the ministry on fortnightly basis, without any failure. The minister asked the PSQCA officials to ensure the prompt implementation of the decisions taken by BODs to further streamline the affairs of the PSQCA.

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