LAHORE – Environment Protection Department organized a preparatory seminar on upcoming World Environment Day 2012 at Punjabi Cultural Complex on Wednesday. As many as 72 international and local NGOs participated in this preparatory session.

The basic purpose of arranging this seminar was to get ideas and suggestions from the NGOs to celebrate the WED 2012 in a manner which highlights the issues and provides solutions at the same time. The participants of the session were encouraged to share their ideas on green economy and environmental issues that they were confronting at the district level. They were also suggested to plan five days activities from June 1-5 by involving communities.

During the seminar, a detailed question answer session was held in which the representatives of all NGOs submitted their suggestions regarding the celebrations of WED. Majority of them were of the view that activities should be held at districts and tehsil levels and schools, colleges, universities, government departments, and other stakeholders should be engaged in this regard. They suggested that walks, seminars, painting competitions, debate competitions, theater play, puppet shows, roadside pamphlet distribution, models competition should be organized as per the theme of this WED.

Talking to the participants, Secretary Environment Saeed Wahlah said that the basic purpose of the seminar was to get on board all the NGOs to celebrate the coming WED as per the vision of Chief Minister Punjab. A committee comprising secretary environment, secretary higher education, secretary schools, secretary information and secretary LG and CD under the chairmanship of Senator Pervaiz Rasheed has been constituted. This committee has been entrusted with the responsibility to convey the WED message across the province. Saeed Wahlah said that the EPD would organize the activities of WED 2012 in collaboration with NGOs. He thanked the participants who traveled from farthest parts of the provinces to attend this seminar. He also expressed his gratitude to the NGOs operating in Lahore for their input and cooperation.

 Acting Chairman of Emergency Response Committee for Dengue Gulberg Town Mohsin Latif has directed TMA Gulberg Town to appoint 25 volunteers in each union council of the town to motivate local people for blood donation in case of emergency.

He also informed that a Dengue Central Monitoring Desk has been set up in the town which will operate round the clock. People can lodge their complaints at the desk at Ph: No. 99263273.

These decisions were taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mohsin Latif MPA at TMA Gulberg Town here on Wednesday. The Emergency Committee directed the DIG Special Branch to initiate the counter checking of the graveyards, tyre shops, markets, junkyards and abandoned houses and submitted the recommendations for further step to be taken with regards to anti-dengue campaign. The meeting also directed the WASA to present hundred percent complete report of the work of removing leakage of sewerage and covering of main holes in the whole town in the next meeting.

The Emergency Response committee was informed that the traders and plaza owners of the Gulberg Town have assured their full cooperation with regard to anti-dengue regulation by the TMA. The health department also informed the committee that there is no dearth of anti-dengue medicines in the town while instructions have been issued all the laboratories of the town for taking 90 rupees per CBC test. The meeting was also informed that 75 percent work of spray and fogging has been completed in railway and adjacent railway areas including the checking of 30 tyre shops, 35 abandoned houses and graveyards.

 The committee directed the health department to bound the LHWs of the town to attend the emergency response committee meetings. The meeting was also attending by MPA Nighat Sheikh, DIG Special Branch, members Chief Minister’s Inspection Team, TMO Gulberg Town, Health, WASA, Education, LWMC, PHA and officers of other departments.