KARACHI - President Zardari monitored relief activities in various rain-affected districts of Sindh, and interacted with elected representatives, relief committees and district officials of the areas through video-conferencing via satellite from Bilawal House here on Friday. The districts which were monitored include Benazirabad, Sanghar, Badin, Tando Allahyar, Thatta, Matiari, Mirpurkhas and Tando Muhammad Khan. During the video-conferencing, the president monitored relief activities and the steps taken so far for the rehabilitation of the affected people in various localities. He especially enquired about the arrangements for facilitation of the farmers in the affected areas and the mechanism that had been put in place for distribution of seeds for Rabi crop. He was briefed about the progress in dewatering of stagnated rainwater from various areas. The president directed to expedite the process of dewatering of affected areas. The president was informed that the distribution of wheat seed would be carried out through executive district officers (revenue) and monitoring committees had also been set up to ensure transparency in the distribution. These monitoring committees would comprise elected representatives, deputy commissioners, representative of Sindh Chamber of Agriculture and the Sindh Abadgar Board, it was told. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, MNAs Faryal Talpur and Fouzia Wahab were also present at the Bilawal House. It may be recalled that during the Thursday meeting on Rabi crop facilitation, the president was informed that the Agriculture Department Sindh had proposed a package costing Rs4.4 billion for the growers of flood/rain-affected districts. Under the package, wheat would be cultivated on an area of 1.100 million acres in Sindh and seeds would be provided for the affected farmers at the rate of 50 kg per acre along with one bag of urea. He enquired about the availability of seeds in various areas and directed the required amount of certified wheat seed be purchased and distributed among the growers. He also enquired about progress in preparation of detailed lists of the affected growers for compensation of seed purposes. During the previous video-conferencing, the president had a detailed discussion with legislators, district administration officials and irrigation authorities on dewatering issue in the flood-affected areas and had called for a Master Plan for drainage to handle similar calamities in the provinces in future. Accordingly, in the next meeting that followed, foreign consultant Louis Berger gave a presentation on drainage plan for dealing similar calamities and also submitted a plan for enhancing capacity of left bank outfall drain. The President had also directed WAPDA for preparation of a similar master plan for Balochistan and he enquired about progress made in this regard.