LAHORE - Punjab Irrigation Minister Malik Ahmad Ali has directed on Tuesday the Punjab Irrigation & Drainage Authority (PIDA) to prepare proposals regarding transparent elections of Area Water Boards, disputed issues and the required amendments in the farmers’ organizations rules 2010.

He was presiding over the 44th PIDA meeting. Irrigation Secretary Khalid Masood Chaudhary, PIDA GM Faiz Muhayuddin were also present in the meeting.

Malik directed to strictly observe the PIDA rules and regulations for transparent elections of Farmers Organizations (FOs) and Area Water Boards (AWB) members. The Authority also empowered the PIDA GM to hear the appeals related to AWB elections. The Authority reviewed the issues of 15 per cent adhoc relief due to PIDA employees since July 2011 and the regularization of PIDA staff in detail. The Authority also granted the extension in contracts to all PIDA employees beyond June 30.2012.