LAHORE – Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the departments concerned to constitute three committees to inspect all dykes and embankments in the province, and that their heads must pay field visits to review flood arrangements.
He was addressing a meeting held at tent office, Minar-e-Pakistan on Monday to review protective measures to meet the danger of possible floods.
The chief minister has also directed all relevant institutions to be on their guard and vigilant for combating any possible flood situation as well as to finalise their arrangements strictly within time besides evolving plan to work in a well coordinated manner during the upcoming monsoon and rainy season. The CM warned that no negligence or dereliction would be tolerated with regard to taking protective measures against possible floods. He said that a comprehensive plan for setting up of warehouses be chalked out in close consultation with international institutions to provide relief to the affectees during floods.
Shahbaz Sharif reminded the worst floods of the year 2010, which caused destruction of properties worth billions of rupees, besides vital losses at large scale said that it is need of the hour that foolproof protective measures should be taken this year to tackle any flood related emergency for which the concerned institutions ought to remain alert and vigilant. The chief minster ordered the concerned department to purchase 100 more boats for the rescue and relief work during the possible floods, and emergency service, Rescue 1122, would operate the same though well trained staff.
The chief minister said the besides human lives and property, it was also essential to protect livestock in a natural calamity. Therefore, he said, necessary arrangements should be made for fodder and vaccination of the livestock. Shahbaz Sharif said that setting up of a revolving fund of Rs 5 crore should be considered so that necessary relief work could be started immediately in the flood affected areas.
He directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to remain fully geared up to provide prompt relief to the flood-hit people during any emergency situation and 15,000 tents and 15,000 quilts be kept in stock. He stressed the need for an effective advance warning system for floods.
Earlier, the secretary health informed the chief minister that mobile teams had been constituted and the health department has finalised its arrangements. The secretary irrigation said that all dykes and embankments were being fortified. The secretary livestock pointed out that vaccination of cattle, supply of fodder and other arrangements had been completed in view of rains and possible floods.
The meeting was attended by Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Ministers, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, IG Police, Secretaries of various departments, heads of development institutions, divisional commissioners and officers of Metrological Department.
Also, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said since inception public money has been spent only to cater to the facilities for the elite as a result of which common is still without even the basic amenities.
Realising this fact, the Punjab Government has initiated revolutionary programmes for the uplift of the working class, farmers and less-fortunate segments of the society, and distribution of land to them for house and provision of complete houses to them is one of them, the CM said this while addressing a high-level meeting, held at the Tent Office Minar-e-Pakistan, here Monday, to review pace of implementation of the project of awarding proprietary rights to the dwellers of Katchi Abadies and Jinnah Abadi Scheme.
MNA Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, and Ch. Sarwar, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Members Colonies, Divisional Commissioners, DG Katchi Abadies and other concerned officers were present.
The CM said the programme of distribution of free-of-cost 5-marla plots to the shelterless people in rural and urban areas has been finalized whereas the process of granting proprietary rights to the dwellers of Katchi Abadies will also commence soon. The Chief Minister said that all resources of the Punjab government are being used to provide maximum relief to the people who are badly inflicted with poverty, inflation and loadshedding.
He said the utmost need of the hour is the practical steps to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and, keeping this fact in mind, the Punjab government has launched Aashiyana Housing Scheme, Jinnah Abadi Scheme and awarding of proprietary rights to residents of Katchi Abadies so that social standard of the have-nots should also be brought up.
DG Katchi Abadies briefed the CM in detail on the process of awarding proprietary rights to the residents of Katchi Abadies whereas the Commissioners informed him about the progress made towards implementation of Jinnah Abadi Scheme and Katchi Abadis. A number of important decisions were also taken in the meeting regarding awarding of proprietary rights to the dwellers of Katchi Abadies.