Punjab Food Authority and Livestock Department have completed arrangements to conduct a survey to study the demand for fresh and pasteurized milk. In this connection, teams have completed the training about survey held at PFA headquarter. The purpose of the training was guiding them about the questionnaire, their duties and the benefits of pasteurized milk. The training session was presided over by Secretary Livestock Ahsan Waheed and PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman.
Secretary Livestock Ahsan Waheed said that teams would go door-to-door for a survey and to remain in the field from 9am to 3pm. The teams will also aware citizens about the pasteurization law along with asking questions from citizens to fill the form. He said that team to be contained on one officer of Livestock and PFA. Muhammad Usman said that teams would conduct a survey to assess the consumption of milk per home and way of purchasing. He said that arrangements would be made to supply the pasteurized milk to a consumer’s door in the light of survey results. He further said that pasteurized would also available at shops. He said that this project is being started as a pilot project in connection to the preparation of pasteurization law which to be implemented by 2022 in Punjab. He has vowed to make Punjab adulteration free before the year 2022 as per the vision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar.
The heirs of police officials who embraced martyrdom in Data Darbar blast met with Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office on Thursday. The Chief Minister presented cheques of one crore rupees each to the families of martyred police officials. Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that residences and plots will also be given to the police martyrs and the heirs will receive full salary till the retirement of the martyred officials. The government will provide a government job to the widow, son or daughter and the families will live in the government residence till retirement. Similarly, children will also be provided free healthcare and educational facilities, he added. The martyred officials have sacrificed their lives for the motherland and every possible effort will be made by the government to facilitate the heirs, he said. The Punjab police have always written the history of bravery by fighting on the frontline. The heirs of the martyred officials are part of my family and Punjab government is standing by you. The nation will not forget the great sacrifices rendered by the martyred police officials and all our sympathies are with the families of the martyrs who will not be left alone and they will be fully taken care of. The Chief Minister announced that Punjab police will be provided all possible support and disclosed that a relief package will be announced in the budget for the families of civilians embracing martyrdom in such incidents. IG police said that the martyrs are the pride of the police institution and taking care of their families is the responsibility of the police department which will be performed in a good manner. The morale of the Punjab police is high because of the sacrifices of the martyrs and police will continue to render sacrifices for the sake of maintaining peace in the country, he added. Law minister Raja Basharat, ACS (Home), IG Police, secretary information and others were also present on the occasion.
Provincial Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal has said that visionary leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is new ray of hope for 22 crore people of Pakistan. He further said that we are working as a soldier of Imran Khan day and night in order to attain the milestone of transforming Pakistan into a developed and prosperous country and we will leave no stone unturned to accomplish his dream into reality. We will bring industrial revolution in the province by meeting the industrial targets which will enable us to overcome the problems of poverty and unemployment. It is the voice of every single Pakistani to rid Pakistan of the curse of corruption. PTI government will entrust peaceful, prosperous and corruption free Pakistan to its new generation.
Provincial Minister expressed these views in his meeting with officer-bearers and party workers of PTI in his camp office today. Provincial Minister said that past rulers trap this nation into the quagmire of debts and debt ridden nation cannot afford luxurious expenditures at any cost. He further said that we have introduced the policy of austerity and simplicity. Former governments took massive loans and caused destruction to the economy. If they had not filled their personal coffers with these loans it would not have caused great harm to the national economy and every child of the nation would not have drenched into debt. He further said that this country cannot tread on the road to progress without doing indiscriminate and strict accountability of corrupt elements. Those indulging in corruption under the garb of undertaking development projects did a great loss to the nation.
Ms Uzma Kardar, Member Punjab Assembly and Chairperson of the Women Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming Committee of Punjab Assembly hosted a consultative meeting with parliamentarians and media representatives in collaboration with UN WOMEN - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women at a local hotel today. The main discussion revolved around the issue of child marriage and the disparity in age of marriage for males and females in the existing law. A documentary was shown on child marriage situation in Pakistan in which chairperson Counsel of Islamic Ideology Mr Qabla Iyaz can be seen talking in favour of raising the age of marriage for girls from 16 to 18. Mr Ahmer Majid, Advocate Lahore High Court gave a presentation on the global and national stats on child marriage. He said majority of Muslim countries all over the world have 18 years as minimum age of marriage for both girls and boys. Those who do allow marriage below 18 have a number of legal protection measures in place to ensure it is well warranted.
In a panel discussion moderated by Ms Nabila Malick of UN Women, Mr Sohail Waraich, Member National Commission on the Status of Women, Mr Umer Rashid, Professor of Law in the University of Science and Technology, Uzma Kardar, Member National Assembly and chairperson Women Development & Gender Mainstreaming committee and Mufti Ragib Hussain Naeemi, member Counsel of Islamic Ideology spoke on various aspects of child marriage including socio-legal issues and health issues. The panellists also traced the history of amendments introduced to child marriage restraint act of 1929. The emphasized the need for further amendments to the child marriage bill in Punjab demanding the age of marriage to be raised to 18 from 16 for girls.
A number of parliamentarians attended the session including Raheela Khadum Hussain, Bushra Butt, Shamsa Ali, Zainab Hussain, Mussart Jamshed Cheema and Punjab Ombudsperson Rukhsana Gilani and others. They shared their views on the topic and agreed that ID card should be a condition for marriage for both girls and boys. Uzma Kardar was hopeful that the amendment for change in minimum age will be made a reality very soon. Ms Aisha Mukhtar, Deputy Representative of UN Women in Pakistan concluded the session by saying that child marriage is a grave violation of fundamental human rights as it has consequences on every aspect of the child’s life and has negative impacts on the community and society at large. There is strong evidence that child marriage has a negative impact on the development and progress of a country. A World Bank study from 2017 estimates that ending child marriage in Pakistan could lead to a $ 6,229 million rise in earnings and productivity. She further said UN Women is delighted to support this initiative and pledges to collaborate with government partners until all children in Pakistan are cherished and protected and can live free from all kinds of violence, including marriage at an age when they should be studying or playing. That is the vision that we must jointly work towards as the future of the country belongs to its children.
Provincial Minister for Health Dr. Yasmeen Rashid paid a surprise visit to the children ward of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and inspected the medical facilities being provided there as well as cleanliness condition. She warned that no leniency will be tolerated in providing medical facilities in children wards of public sectors hospital of Punjab. She said that arrangements should be ensured for providing treatment for heatstroke and gastro patients in all public sector hospitals. She said that surprise visits are being made for ensuring the 100 percent provision of medical facilities in the children wards of government hospitals. She also visited different wards of SGR hospital and inquired after the patients. The Minister said that she is personally monitoring the treatment facilities being provided to the patients to benefit the patients.