Delaying tactics incur billions of rupees loss to national kitty

STAFF REPORT IBD: The countrys export may hit another stumbling block due to governments failure to set up much-needed Halal Board for Halal Food Accreditation which will go a long way to bolster countrys export and local sale.

An official who wished not to be named told this scribe that Halal Board will provide policy guidelines to the Pakistan National Accreditation Counsel (PNAC) and Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).

The Ministry of Science and Technology had announced in January this year that the Halal Board would be established in February 2012 but it could not be set up so far due to the alleged delaying tactics by the ministry. In the Halal Board the government has planned to have representation of private sector and Ulema along with representation of government functionaries.

The ministry of science and technology is expecting to add additional Rs 20 billion in the countrys export annually due to the recently launched Halal Food Accreditation Scheme.

“The scheme may further grow with more consumer awareness in food as well as in non-food products,” said the official.

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