KP CM directs concerned departments to remain alert during rain spell

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Sardar Ali Amin Gandapur has directed district administrations and other concerned departments to remain alert in view of upcoming rains spell in the province.

In a statement in Peshawar today, he directed to make arrangements in advance to minimize possible damage due to rains.

Ali Amin Gandapur said the instructions issued by PDMA should be strictly implemented.

He directed to ensure presence of staff of district administration and local bodies in the field and to constantly monitor the possible flood situation in rivers.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority has issued an alert about rains and snowfall in different parts of the province starting from today. The spell will continue till Tuesday.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt committed to address problems of farmers on priority basis: Bugti

Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti says government is committed to solve the problems of farmers on priority basis.

Talking to a delegation of farmers led by Sardar Noor Ahmed Bangulzai in Quetta, the Chief Minister said that the issues of subsidy and dues between QESCO and the landlords will be resolved through mutual understanding.

The Chief Minister assured the delegation that the difficulties and problems of the people associated with the agricultural sector in Balochistan will be raised before the Federation with ground realities.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt all set to take tough decisions to steer country out of economic crisis: PM

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says the government is all set to take tough decisions to steer the country out of economic crisis.

Addressing a cheque distribution ceremony in Muzaffarabad among the affected people by torrential rains and snowfall today, he said the government is fully committed to tap huge potential of natural and agriculture resources, stop smuggling, power theft, and losses of the State Owned Entities.

The Prime Minister said the country’s tax collection target for the current fiscal year is 1.2 trillion which is not up to the true potential due to tax evasion.

He said tax evasion is one of the biggest challenges that would be resolved to increase country’s resources.

He said even the salaries of the employees are being paid with the borrowed money.

The Prime Minister said this is the right time to take tough and important decisions to resolve all key challenges, the country is facing.

As regards the losses of SOEs, the Prime Minister informed that the SOEs are incurring los
ses of hundreds of billions rupees as the loss of only Pakistan International Airlines is around 825 billion rupees. Similarly power theft annually incurs 500 billion rupees.

He called for setting aside all the differences in the larger national interest.

Talking about the losses and damages occurred due to recent rains, snowfalls and land sliding in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of eight precious lives and prayed for early recovery of those injured in the incidents.

He said that the government of Pakistan always stood with its Kashmiri brothers and sisters in the hour of need.

The Prime Minister said Jammu and Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and it would not leave alone the people of Kashmir in this hour of difficulty.

He said two million rupees each would be distributed among the families of the deceased and 500,000 rupees each to those injured in the recent incidents. Similarly, 700,000 rupees each would be given to those whose houses w
ere completely damaged while 350,000 rupees would be given to those whose houses were partly damaged.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Maryam Nawaz launches women safety App ‘Never Again’

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has launched the women safety App ‘Never Again’ to ensure protection of women folk.

Addressing a special ceremony in connection with International Women’s Day in Lahore today, she also announced to increase job quota for women in Punjab Public Service Commission from 10 percent to 15 percent. She directed to fill the vacant women seats in every Provincial Department.

The Chief Minister said that funds of one billion rupees have been allocated to establish Day Care Centers at work places.

She said working women hostels will also be built.

Maryam Nawaz said that women will be given fifty percent loans in online business. She said that transfer fee will not be charged on gifting property to sister and daughter.

She said that the Board of Revenue will transfer property to the inheritor family after deciding on the daughters’ share.

Source: Radio Pakistan