SADIQABAD - District Rahim Yar Khan is being provided with only 3,500 cusecs of water from Punjnad Canal against its requirement of 11,000 cusecs and it is an unfair treatment with the farmers of the district, said the president of the Anjuman Kashtkaran Bahawalpur Division.
Addressing a farmers’ meeting and later talking to the media, Muhammad Yaseen said that the Indus River System Authority always treated the Punjab province unfairly on every issue such as distribution of gas, water and electricity. He added that the other provinces were being provided with these facilities in appropriate quantity.
He was of the view that the IRSA and the federal government intentionally caused a huge loss to the local farmers. He regretted that neither a politician, nor any other official raised a voice against the shortage of water in the district at high level.
The leader was of the view that a huge part of the district had become infertile due unavailablity of appropriate water. He said that the people’s representatives from the PPP and the PML-N had failed in getting the protracted problem of the farmers solved so far.
He said that the chief engineer of Bahawalpur, executive engineer, and the Subdivisional officer seem helpless before the officials of IRSA. He said that the farmers’ exploitation would never be tolerated.
He warned that on May 25, a protest sit-in would be staged on the National Highway against the unfair distribution of water to the district, adding that all responsibility would be on the administration regarding any aggressive act on the part of the protesters.
Call to follow traffic rules: Under the Chief Minister Self Employment Scheme for Unemployed Educated Youth, the drivers who remained successful in training were given away certificates.
Addressing the participants, DSP (Traffic) Muhammad Iqbal said that the purpose of the drivers’ training was to differentiate between trained and untrained drivers, urging the successful trainers to ensure safe driving on roads.
He added that the government was spending billions of rupees so that the increasing rate of motality in accidents could be controlled. He directed them to avoid over speeding and follow traffic rules for safe driving.
He said that the road projects in the City area were near to completion and after that the city traffic would be controlled according to the traffic plan.
He also urged the citizens to observe the traffic rules to ensure smooth flow of traffic. On the occasion, Traffic Police spokesman and Traffic Police Education Programme In-Charge Shakeel Ahmad was also present.