PESHAWAR  - Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and other civil society organisations have slammed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) for its poor planning against monsoon rains and expected floods. It urged the government to take all possible steps for provision of relief goods to affected families.

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday here at press club, a representative of the civil society organisations Javid Iqbal said in recent past the devastated floods had created numerous difficulties for the poor masses. He said due to lack of coordination among the departments concerned and slow response, the monsoon rains inflicted huge losses on masses. He said that there was no proper forecast system about floods to avert any bug human tragedy.

He said that the NDMA was working on a ten-year National Policy to reduce devastation after natural calamities and for which 18 projects worth Rs18 billion were pointed out for early warning system but their was no community participation in these projects.

He urged the incumbent PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to review the proposed structure for combating calamities at provincial and districts level and consult the respective communities and give a proper presentation to the role of civil society organisations in various national committees.

Demand for deploying army at polling stations of NA-1

Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leader Maulana Ismail Darvesh on Tuesday demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan to deploy army at all polling stations of NA-1 in bye-elections. Addressing a news conference here at press club, Maulana Darvesh urged the ECP to stop the use of government machinery for electioneering. He also urged the ECP to take prompt steps for stopping any sort of rigging in the bye-elections on August 22 in NA-1, Peshawar. He alleged that certain influential political rivals of Ibrahim Qasmi, central chairman of his own Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party (PRH) had started pre-polls rigging.   He said Qasmi would be a joint candidate of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) and PRH in the bye-elections from NA-1. He said that Qasmi success was sure if free and fair elections were conducted. He also urged the party workers to get united and speed up campaign for bye-elections in their respective areas and urged electorates to vote for their candidate.

Each KPK dept to get spokesman

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to appoint spokesperson for each government department.

Speaking at a news conference at press club, the newly-appointed Spokesman for Chief Minister Sheraz Paracha said that very soon the provincial government will appoint separate spokespersons for KPK government departments. Besides, he said a spokesman at district level would also be appointed so that masses could get information about the performance of provincial government easily. He said KPK Minister for Health Shaukat Yousafzai would performs as spokesman for the provincial government, Shah Farman would serve as KPK Minister for Information, Ishtiaq Urmar as PTI spokesman,” he added. Paracha said that he is serving as spokesman for the chief minister KPK.  

He claimed that contrary to past, PTI-led government was bringing a bilateral information system under which masses could easily know about the performance of provincial government. He said that reports about the efficiency and loopholes in the government departments would be sent to the respective departments.

A new set-up of information system is being introduced in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for which its main office will be set up at the Chief Minister House in Peshawar. Besides, he said an information department would also be set up at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad whereas a sub-office will also be set up in Lahore.

He said the use of social media would be made to keep in contact with masses and contrary to the past handout system. He said the provincial government would introduce an information system based on modern lines and which the performance of the chief minister during the day would be brought in front of masses.