PM Nawaz announces Rs1b aid package for Tharparkar

Monday, March 10th, 2014 12:14:23 by

MITHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced an aid package worth Rs1 billion for the people of drought-hit Tharparkar.

The calamity has so far claimed lives of around 100 children. The prime minister visited the area to meet the affected people and oversee the relief work.

During a briefing on the situation in the district, Prime Minister Nawaz stressed that the Sindh government should fix responsibility and punish those found guilty of negligence.

He further asked Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to chalk out a policy to avoid such damage in the future. “We need to kind the root cause of the problem and prevent it,” the prime minister said.

Comparing the living conditions of Cholistan with Tharparkar, the prime minister questioned why there was a huge difference in the quality of life in the two deserts despite having identical environment.

While speaking during the briefing, Chief Minister Shah informed the prime minister that distribution of relief goods was fair and transparent.

Shah said teams consisting of local representatives, journalists and respected residents of the area will be formed to oversee relief efforts and ensure fairness.

The chief minister said that the main health-related problem in the area was a lack of female doctors. “We have decided to pay female doctors twice as much salary as they earn in cities and provide them with transport and other facilities,” he said.

He further assured the premier that his government has formed a policy to efficiently handle this issue and prevent it in future.

According to sources, there is a possibility that Sindh Food Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar and Provincial Revenue Minister Makhdoom Jameeluz Zaman may be removed from their positions, Express News reported.

Public nuisance

Prime Minister Nawaz took notice of the strict security measures taken to protect him during his visit to Tharparkar.

The security protocol caused trouble to the people of Mithi as access to a local hospital was blocked.

Bilawal visits

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also visited the district hospital in Mithi on Monday, Express News reported.

Accompanied by Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Bilawal met with and spoke to patients and their families.

Imran Khan criticises

Criticising the Sindh government for neglecting Tharparkar and focusing on the Sindh Festival, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan said that the “feudal mindset operates on gimmicks”.

He was speaking to the media in Lahore.

“Who is responsible for the deaths in Tharparkar? Is anyone going to be punished for it?” he asked.

He held the government responsible for the current state of affairs in the country, particularly terrorism.

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