MITTHI: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has announced a relief package of one billion rupees for the assistance of famine-hit people of Tharparkar. Meanwhile prime minister called for an investigation into why wheat was not distributed in the district. He directed the Chief Minister Sindh to take strict action against those responsible and devise a strategy to avoid future incidents. He said it was the desire of the masses of the country that the responsible of the Tharparkar situation should be awarded exemplary punishment. Meanwhile CM Sindh Qaim Ali Syed has said that the investigations are being carried out by the DIP police of the area for fixing the responsibility of the Tharparkar, adding that the DIP would submit investigation report in seven days. He said that the responsible would be awarded exemplary punishment. He said that the provincial government was ready to form committee comprising representatives of federal government, local MPAs, journalists and honest people of the area for the distribution of the assistance in Tharparakar.
The prime minister made the announcement while attending a briefing on Tharparkar situation in Mithi on Monday. He said there is dire need to take steps so that such kind of situation does not emerge again. Prime minister said that the situation of Cholistan area of Punjab is same like the Tharparakr but in Cholistan this type situation was not faced. He said that the steps should be taken for avoiding such kind of situation in future. He said that the federal and provincial governments jointly would prepare the package for the affectees of the Tharparkar. He said that the people who did not want to left their homes the government should provide assistance to their door steps.
Voicing concerns over deaths of people in famine hit area he said the people who are not ready to migrate to other places should be given health facilities at their doorsteps through mobile units.
He said that strict action should be taken against those who despite availability of sufficient stock of wheat did not distribute the commodity amongst the famine affected people.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Syed Shah on the occasion said the provincial government has undertaken all possible measures for the provision of food, ration and medicines to the affected population. He said a strategy has been evolved to avert such kind of situation in future. He said teams comprising on five to six persons have been established for the fair distribution of wheat among the affected people. He said currently the administration is facing challenges for the availability of female doctors. He said female doctors will be provided with extra benefits including more salaries, residents and transportation facilities.
Earlier during the briefing the prime minister was informed about the steps taken for the relief of famine hit people and protection of live stock.
The prime minister was informed that sufficient stock of food and ration is available in stock and the affected families can procure them on presentation of national identity card.
He was told that compensation of two hundred thousand rupees each has been announced for the families of those died in the calamity. Vaccination is also being given to the live stock in the drought area.
The premier was accompanied by Information Minister Pervez Rashid.
Nawaz Sharif was given a briefing in Mithi over the drought and famine condition in Thar.
The briefing was also attended by patron-in-chief of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Information Minister Pervez Rashid, Federal Ministers Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashidi, Ghulam Murtaza Jataoi, Marvi Memon, Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh, Salim Zia, former provincial chief minister belonging to the district Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and other senior members of the PPP.
The provincial information minister said during the briefing that the deaths in the region had not occurred due to famine only rather there were other water-related issues and illnesses which claimed the lives of several persons.
Memon also admitted that 80 per cent areas of Tharparkar district were famine-affected.
Another PPP leader Taj Haider said that the Sindh govt had accepted the Rs 100 million in aid provided by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government
Prior to arriving in Mithi, the prime minister had reached Mirpurkhas where he was welcomed by the chief minister Sindh.
The prime minister upon his arrival had taken notice of the problems faced by people of Thar’s Mithi area due to security measures taken before his visit.
The premier in his statement issued to media said that hospitals must remain open for patients and they should have access to all areas.
Meanwhile, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also visited a hospital in Mithi on Monday and inquired after the people affected by the calamity.
The premier was later on accompanied by Bilawal Bhutto and the duo visited the Civil Hospital Mithi.
After the visit to the hospital, the prime minister left for the Army Camp and he would also meet up with locals of the area.
Earlier, the premier arrived in Mirpur Khas to visit the Tharparkar district. He was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the airport.
Meanwhile, the PM visited Army medical camp in Mithi and inquired about health of patients. Sharif also distributed ration among the famine affectees. Corps Commander Karachi, Sajjad Ghani, briefed him over steps being taken for the relief of area people.