LAHORE - Provincial Minister Agriculture Ali Ahmed Aulakh has informed the House that the Punjab government will construct 350 small dams in the province to overcome the shortage of electricity, besides taking revolutionary steps in the agriculture sector for ensuring maximum facilities to the growers and farmers. He was replying to a question during the Question-Hour at the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday. In the Hour, questions related to Agriculture and Food Departments, while Ali Ahmed Aulakh and Minister Food Malik Nadeem Kamran responded to the questions. On the other hand, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal asked the government to take revolutionary steps for strengthening the agriculture sector characterising it as the backbone of the economy. "A lot of needs to be done for the Sector, as not only the growers, the people of the province are expecting something better be carried out whereas increase in the petroleum products has also caused problems for the farmers," he maintained. While answering a question by Opposition Member Amna Ulfat regarding shortage of fertilizers, Aulakh denied there was shortage of DAP because the government had surplus stocks. "The Punjab is facing water shortage, because as per the IRSA policy, the province is getting 40 per cent less water than its agreed share. Now the government has also planned to construct 350 small dams and the allocations have also been made in the fiscal outlay 2008-09. Further to overcome the water shortage, certain short arrangements are also being made," he added. About payments to the growers by the sugar mill owners, Aulakh told the House that a special committee had been also constituted for clearing the payments. "So far out of the Rs 6 billion, an amount of Rs 5 billion has been paid," he said. Nadeem Kamran, while responding to a question of Treasury Member Sajida Mir about the role of middleman, said the government was ensuring direct link between the growers and market. Later, the House referred the Privilege Motion of Rai Shah Jahan to the special committee. He had complained against an officer. Motion of Zumard Yasmeen was disposed off, while of Leader of the Opposition Ch Zaheer-ud-Din about the submission of the performance reports of hospitals to the House, which was pended till August 15, 2008. Five bills were presented on the Private Members Day of the 8th session of the PA here on Tuesday. Chairing the later half of the session, Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan referred the Provincial Motor Vehicles (amendment) Bill 2008 to the special committee with instructions to present a report in this regard by September 30, 2008. The House rejected three bills - The University of Sargodha (Amendment) Bill 2008, The Government University College Faisalabad (Amendment) Bill 2008 and The University of Gujrat (Amendment) Bill 2008. The movers of these bill contended that Lahore High Court's Chief Justice or any of its judges should be made members of the syndicates of the above-mentioned universities. Objecting the bills, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan said every university had its own rules and regulations to run the affairs of the university. While, another bill The Forest (Amendment) Bill 2008 pertaining to revision of fines and imprisonment on violations of forests' rules- was withdrawn by the movers. The Law Minister apprised the House that Law Department had been finalising the summery of a comprehensive bill in this regard, which would soon be tabled in the house. Ch Zaheer-ud-Din, Amir Sultan Cheema, Mohsin Leghari, Bushra Gardezi, Amna Ulfat, Amna Jahangir, Dr. Samia Amjad, Moonis Elahi and others moved the bills. After the completion of the agenda, the Chair adjourned the house till the Wednesday morning.