Raja Noor Ilahi Atif


The inhabitants of Thal are facing a lot of problems as several villages of this otherwise backward tehsil are faced with severe shortage of potable water.

The people of Thal have inadequate access to potable water and are compelled to use contaminated water with disease vectors, pathogens or unacceptable levels of toxins or suspended solids.

Drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses. The lack of potable water and unhygienic sanitary conditions pose huge threat to people living in this far-flung tehsil of Khushab district. During a survey “The Nation” learnt that living in a remote area can mean walking for hours to find water. Women, children and adults can be seen carrying water from long distance. “It is so tiring to bring heavy gallons of water from such a long distance. The people of these areas demanded the government to facilitate them with water supply system. Similarly, there is lack of vocational institutes in Thal. Talking to “The Nation” former Tehsil Nazim 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 yields, computer skills for women, or vocational training for the youth,” 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 also a fact that many remote parts of the Thal do not have access to basic healthcare. Children do not get the vaccinations they need to beat disease, antibiotic are expensive and hospitals lack basic equipments and facilities. Equipment at the basic and comprehensive facilities is generally short of the minimum expected levels to enable running of an effective Safe Motherhood program. Advocate Raja Muhammad Ashraf Hayat, Advocate Malik Aziz Hussain Jara, former UC Pelowain Nazim Malik Muhammad Waris and Malik Haji Mushtaf Hussain Borana, demanded the Punjab Chief Minister to take action in this connection and provide healthcare and medicines to the people of Thal. 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. The world “micro credit/microfinance” now has become a buzz-word among he development practitioners. Microcredit has been changing people’s lives and revitalizing communities since the beginning of trade. The people of Thal also appealed the Punjab Chief Minister 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.