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LAHORE: The Punjab government on Saturday announced a heft bonus equaling to 17-day salary for every Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) employee in recognition of their good performance in collection and disposal of sacrificial animals’ offal and maintaining cleanliness in Lahorel during Eid days.

“The chief minister has appreciated solid waste management arrangements made by the LWMC in the city,” Deputy Commissioner Anwarul Haq told a press conference on Saturday.

“That is why a bonus equaling to 17-days salary for all LWMC employees has been announced as a token of appreciation.”

He said the LWMC suspended from job its three ghost workers who were found working in the house of Union Council (UC) Chairman Jahengir Durani during office hours.

According to a spokesman for the LWMC, there would be zero tolerance on corruption or any misappropriation. “The chairman of UC-142 retaliated over LWMC action by stopping the workers from work in his area. He took out the keys of the machinery working in the area. He threatened the LWMC staff and called reporters for propaganda against the LWMC,” he explained.

After news went on air, UC counselors met the LWMC chairman and informed him the UC chairman was involved in other misappropriations, the spokesman claimed.

DETAINED: The city administration got 88 people detained for burning sacrificial animals’ heads and torts in the provincial capital.

Since burning of the heads and torts at the points other than the designated ones was banned under section 144 of the criminal procedure code during Eid days, the teams constituted by Deputy Commissioner retired Captain Anwarul Haq checked over 1,000 points in City, Model Town, Shalimar, Raiwind and Cantonment tehsils, got registered 65 cases and detained 88 people for flouting the law.

According to a spokesman, teams also sealed eight premises and confiscated 91 gas cylinders being used for burning heads and torts of the sacrificial animals.

“Enforcement staff of Shalimar, Wahga, Ravi, Data Ganj Bakhsh, Samanabad, Nishtar, Gulberg, Aziz Bhatti and Allama Iqbal zones also accompanied the teams headed by the assistant commissioners,” the spokesman added.

Also, the city administration on Saturday decided to hold a three-day round of polio drive in 79 high-risk union councils of Lahore from August 29.

DEMOLITION: A Lahore Development Authority team on Saturday demolished structure of a shop being constructed in front of the camp jail in violation of the rules and regulations, according to a spokesman.

Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2018