CM chairs meeting to review situation and adoption of precautionary measures after release of water in Satluj river by India


LAHORE, August 19 (TNS): The Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over an important meeting at his office here on Monday in which the situation arising due to release of water in Satluj River by India, steps to be taken for evacuation of people and relief and rescue activities were reviewed. The chief minister directed to complete all the necessary precautionary measures in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran, Vehari, Pakpatan, Okara and Kasur districts so as to deal with the situation that has arised after release of water and added that evacuation of population should be ensured from the river-bed and the people should be timely relocated to safer places before the flood torrent.

Similarly, availability of all the necessary items should be ensured in relief camps and there should not be dearth of anything. The chief minister directed the irrigation and disaster management ministers to monitor the field situation by visiting Kasur, Okara and other districts adding that secretary irrigation and DG PDMA should also monitor the relief activities on the spots. I will also visit any of the districts to monitor the precautionary measures and relief activities, he said. He said that necessary arrangements should be completed from every respect to ensure the protection of life and property of the people and to deal with any possible flood threat. The federal and provincial departments should maintain a close liaison and they should be fully active and vigilant to deal with any emergent situation. The administration of concerned districts should personally monitor the arrangements for dealing with any possible threat of flood, he added. He said that inflow and outflow of water should be continuously monitored and availability of necessary medicines, vaccination and grass fodder for animals should also be ensured. The chief minister was briefed that India has released water in Satluj River without any prior intimation. There is a possibility that more than one lakh cusec water would pass through Ganda Singhwala tomorrow. 81 relief camps have been set up in Kasur and other districts.

The meeting also reviewed adoption of necessary relief and precautionary steps. Secretary irrigation briefed about water situation in Satluj River while DG PDMA briefed about precautionary measures and availability of necessary tools and equipments. Provincial ministers Mian Khalid Mehmood, Mohsin Leghari, SMBR, secretaries of irrigation, specialized healthcare & medical education and primary & secondary healthcare departments, DG PDMA, livestock and rescue departments officials and others attended the meeting while provincial minister Hashim Dogar participated from Kasur, Commissioner and DC Lahore, whereas Commissioners of Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur divisions and DCs of Okara, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Bahawalpur and Lodhran attended the meeting through video link.
Increase of 8350 beds in government hospitals in one year: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar presided over a review meeting at 90-SQA in which progress on Naya Pakistan Manzaleen Aasan, community development programme and other public welfare schemes were reviewed along with other administrative and financial matters pertaining to ADP related schemes. Addressing the meeting, Usman Buzdar said that an increase of 8350 beds has been made in government hospitals of the province in one year period adding that this would facilitate the people in their treatment. He directed to ensure early completion of cardiology institute, Mianwali hospital and Nishtar-II project in Multan adding that up-gradation of emergency of Services Hospital should be completed in one year. He said that four new universities will be established in Punjab along with early completion of six under-construction universities. Similarly, six new special education centres are also being established in the province, he added. The chief minister said that multi-faceted credit card scheme will be started for the farmers as soon as possible. He informed that Rs.1.5 billion have been allocated for the promotion of water and hill tourism. Meanwhile, launch of double-decker bus service will be ensured in Bahawalpur along with start of industrial estate project in Faisalabad, Taunsa and Muzaffargarh. He said that 40 thousand students will be given technical education in TEVTA institutions. 1733 development schemes are included in phase-I and II of community development programme which will be completed with an amount of Rs.15.9 billion. 174 roads will be repaired under Naya Pakistan Manzaleen Aasan programme while 485 KM long roads are being constructed with an amount of Rs.70 billion. He said that people will be facilitated due to the construction of Chichawatni-Rajana, Layyah-Taunsa, Shorkot-Jhang, Hasilpur-Bahawalnagar and Depalpur-Vehari roads. He said that guidelines have been issued for eight public sector projects and 5277 schemes will be completed with an amount of Rs.11.40 billion. The chief minister directed that approval procedure of development schemes should be made simplified as any undue delay in the approval of projects is not tolerable. He said that consultation of assembly members will be given priority for development schemes. The chief minister was briefed that World Bank and other international development finance institutions will provide financial assistance for development schemes. Provincial ministers Hashim Jawan Bakht, Sardar Asif Nakai, provincial advisor Dr. Salman Shah, Chairman P&D, concerned secretaries and others attended the meeting.
Provision of basic amenities to urban and rural population: The Chief Minister Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting at 90-SQA in which the programme of providing basic facilities of life to urban and rural population was reviewed. Progress on the ongoing schemes being completed in collaboration with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank as well as future projects were reviewed as well. The chief minister said that provision of basic amenities of life at the grassroots will be ensured under the new programme and cleanliness system, provision of clean drinking water and sewerage system will be improved in cities and villages. Meanwhile, funds are being allocated for non-functional water supply and sewerage schemes. The chief minister was briefed that water supply, sewerage, solid waste management and other public welfare schemes will be completed. Provincial minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Chairman P&D, administrative secretaries and others attended the meeting.