Islamabad: Shibli Faraz, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, has urged the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) to complete the automation process as soon as possible in order to ensure that quality products are available to the masses at a fair price.

While chairing a meeting on Friday, the Federal Minister observed that while a regulatory framework and necessary laws and regulations on consumer goods standardization were in place, weaknesses in the system and inadequate execution allowed sub-standard and low-quality products to flood the local market.

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PSQCA was monitoring 166 items, according to Shibli Faraz, to ensure product quality as per the international standards, with an emphasis on three basic elements: safety, efficiency, and pricing.

The prevailing standardization procedure, according to the minister, was lengthy and difficult, including human interaction at several stages. According to him, the automated system would cover all parts of the process, from application to testing, and licensing would be done in a completely automated manner. It goes on to say that it will not only save applicants’ time but will also keep them informed about the progress of their submitted applications.

He also mentioned that a new model for grading products was in the works, which would determine the category of a product based on its quality, efficiency, and price. PSQCA was also working on developing a strategy for ensuring the quality and safety of cars made or assembled in Pakistan, as well as meeting specified requirements, he added.

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Shibli Faraz responded to a question concerning electronic voting machines (EVM) by saying that EVM were being developed in Pakistan and that development had progressed to the advanced stages. Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that he desired a flawless polling procedure that was acceptable to all stakeholders so that no one could complain about the results and the democratic system could continue to work smoothly.

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