Raja Noor Illahi Atif


The inhabitants of Thal are facing a lot of problems nowadays. The word dichotomy fits in its perfect connotation to the current state of the city. Several villages of Tehsil which lack basic facilities like lack of clean drinking water and sanitation pose a threat to the people living in areas.

During a survey "The Nation" learnt that living in a remote area means walking for hours to find water. The people of these areas demand the government facilitate them with water supply system.

There is lack of vocational institutes in Thal, that is why there is unemployment and poverty. Talking to this scribe, former Tehsil Noorpur Thal Malik Haji Syed Rasool Salehal said that basic skills could help poor people earn a livelihood, not just for themselves but for their families as well. He urged the government to establish vocational training centers at union council level in Thal. "Learning a new skill promotes hope which gives people future. This might be technical training for farmers to help them to improve crop yield, computer skills for women, or vocational training for the youngers, he added."

He said that all these projects empowered people to lift themselves out of poverty. Healthcare and medicines are vital to help people in need. But the inhabitants of the Thal are also deprived of these facilities. It is said that better health means less poverty because people, who are healthy, can work." It is also a fact that many remote parts of Thal do not have access to basic healthcare. Children to not get the vaccinations they need to beat disease, antibiotics are expensive and hospitals lack basic equipments and facilities. Therefore, people die from treatable conditions because they have no access to or cannot afford medicine. Advocate Raja Muhammad Ashraf Hayat, Advocate Malik Aziz Hussain Jara, former Nazim Union Council Pelowains Malik Muhammad Waris Jasra and Malik Haji Mushtaq Hussain Borana former member district council demanded to Chief Minister Punjab to take action in this connection and provide healthcare and medicines to people of the Thal.

Similarly, the educational institutions of the Thal are also facing a lot of problems. There are many teaching staff posts lying vacant not only in boys and girls colleges but also in secondary, elementary and primary schools. People of Thal also urged Punjab CM to launch such projects in the area and it should be interest free micro credit to help the needy persons to escape from poverty trap. Improvement in healthcare, nutritional advice and education can be sustained only when households have increased earnings and greater control over financial resources, they added.