ISLAMABAD (APP) - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly on Tuesday stressed to create awareness among general public on environmental degradation and demanded to take pro-active steps in devising a comprehensive plan. The PAC which met with Ch Nisar Ali Khan in chair demanded the ministry to be more efficient and create links with the President, Prime Minister Secretariats and close ties with media in carrying forward this task. Nisar while expressing deep concern over water pollution in different rivers said people used to drink water from rivers like Swan, Ravi etc some twenty years back but with the toxic waste in rivers they are changed into sewage nullahs. He said there is need to create awareness among masses regarding clean environment and assured full support of the PAC in this regard. Nisar maintained that Secretary Environment Javed Malik enjoys a very good reputation and hoped that he will not leave any stone unturned to save the environment for our coming generations. He said the ministry will be the most important one in coming years and there is need to evolve a national environment policy so as to start a process of preserving environment. He said it is our primary duty to preserve clean environment, water and air for our future generations and added that the ministry should also keep intact with President and PM Secretariats and media support to create awareness among general public. Javed Malik accepted that awareness is the basic element which must be created among masses and maintained ministry is well aware of the sensitivity of the issue. He assured the committee that a sketch of action plan will be prepared by the ministry and presented before the PAC within two months period. The meeting was informed that Activity Based Capacity Development (ABCD) Project was launched by the ministry in 2005 with the approved cost of Rs 133.4 million but it was poorly executed due to failure in recruitment. The meeting took notice of the issue and gave two weeks time for fixing responsibility and presenting report before the PAC. Earlier, the committee expressed concern over non-recovery of Rs 13.320 million from the officers who did not submit their degrees after returning from training abroad or resigned before five-year service period after training. The meeting was briefed that Establishment Division deputed a number of officers for long-term foreign studies/ training under the 'Public Sector Capacity Building Project during the period 2007-08 and according to the policy approved by the Projects National Steering Committee (NSC), such officers were required to submit their degrees in token of successful completion of training and also serve the Govt of Pakistan for at least five years on return from training. The meeting was further briefed that in case of non-fulfilment of the said conditions, the full training cost was required to be recovered from the concerned officers. The audit asked the ministry to submit a detailed report of the recovery till August.