Sindh Government News July 10, 2012

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56187 ACRES LAND DISTRIBUTED TO LANDLESS FARMERS – JAM MAHTAB

Karachi, July 10: Provincial Minister for Revenue Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar has said that 56187 acres land have been distributed among landless farmers specially in women to improve their living standard and to empower them economically during last four years. Number of allottees are 6096 and out of which 80 percent are women. This he said while talking to media men here in his office on Tuesday.

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He said that the purpose of distribution of agriculture land to landless farmers was to eradicate poverty and to empower women so that they might play their effective role in the society. He added, ‘Besides providing agriculture land, a supporting package of Rs.58,000 is also being given and in this package seeds, fertilizers and other facilities are included.’

Jam Mahtab said that the process of distribution of agriculture land would be continued and more lands would also be distributed . He said that agriculture had a vital role in development of the country and farmers were backbone in the system. The importance of women farmers could not be denied. Provincial minister said that it was the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to empower the women and present democratic government was working to fulfill the vision of martyred leader.

STRICT ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THE PERSONS AND INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED IN ILLEGALLY THROWING OR BURNING THE WASTE MATERIAL IN POPULATED AREAS – SHEIKH MOHAMMAD AFZAL

Karachi, July 10: Strict legal action would be taken against on the persons and owners of factories without any discrimination, who are involved in burning and illegally making the batteries causing environmental hazards in the rural areas as well as urban areas of Sindh. Sindh minister for Environment Shaikh Mohammad Afzal expressed these views in his presidential address at the meeting at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head office Korangi, Karachi. Sheikh Mohammad Afzal directed the officers of Environment Department for making PC-II of development projects immediately and sending it to the Planning and Development department for approval. He said in his presidential address that Environment Pollution was a serious issue in Sindh, we all have to take active part in eradication of the pollution. He further said that after the approval of any development project from Environmental Impact Assessment and Initial Environmental Examination, all the stake holders are compelled to submit their follow up report to the related authorities but those who are not following the law would be treated as criminals and brought before the law.

Sheikh Mohammad Afzal directed the officers of Environment Department that they must take immediate legal action against the Government and private hospitals which are not following the environmental law and violators throwing and burning the Medical waste in the populated areas. He also said that it was the need of time to make active and positive role of the hospital waste management system. Sindh Minister for Environment directed the authorities of EPA that the process of recruitment on merit for the vacant posts in the department should be completed as immediate and effective work could be done in the department. Sheikh Mohammad Afzal also directed the Vehicular Emission Control Cell of EPA Sindh for vigilance of vehicles as legal action could be taken against the smoke emitting and noisy vehicles. Secretary Environment Mir Hussain Ali, Director General Rafi-ud-din and others also attended the meeting.

TRAFFICKING OF ANTIQUITIES IS A PRESCRIBED CRIME

Karachi, July 10: The spokesman for Antiquities Department has said that the trafficking of Antiquities is a prescribed crime under the laws. After 18th amendment in constitution the subject matter of the Archaeology has been devolved to the provinces and Antiquities Department is being run under the administrative arrangements of Department of Culture.

He added, ‘The Directorate of Archaeology is very well aware of the issues and is performing this task traditionally. He appreciated the efficiency of the Police in arresting those elements who were involved in trafficking of Antiquities and recovering them and it is hoped that the investigation would bring the case to logical end and all responsible would be brought to the book’.