HYDERABAD - Sindh Minister for Environment, Livestock and Fisheries Muhammad Ali Malkani has said that pollution-free atmosphere is essential for healthy activities adding that the present Sindh government is making all out efforts to ensure healthy environment to the people in the province.

He expressed these views while speaking as a chief guest at a seminar on “Environmental issues in Sindh and its resolution,” organised by Environment Protection Agency in collaboration with the Coastal Development Sindh here at a local hotel on Tuesday.

The minister said that the PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was fully aware about the challenges which posing threats to Sindh therefore he was taking keen interest in bringing healthy atmosphere by controlling the pollution of all kinds so that the people of the province could be saved from pollution related diseases.

He said that though water is essential for life of all but at the same time, the pollution-free air is also necessary to avert different kinds of disease. There is the dire need that all stakeholders should contribute their efforts in making the air free from pollution in order to bring a healthy atmosphere in the province, he emphasized.

The minister said that the provincial government was utilizing all available resources to ensure pollution-free atmosphere in the province, but the cooperation from the people of all segments of society is also essential to achieve this gigantic task.

He underlined the need for launching a massive mass awareness campaign by organizing seminars at schools, colleges, universities level as well as in urban and rural localities of the province so that the people could be aware of the pollution hazards and take precautionary measures to save themselves from the diseases.

He also emphasized the need for saving the water from pollution and called upon the industrialists as well as the people to avoid mixing the toxic chemicals and sewage in the canal water. The government has taken concrete measures in this regard and imposed fine upon those who were found involved in creating water pollution, he said.

Among others, Secretary Environment Protection Agency Sindh Baqaullah Unnar, Dr Altaf Ali siyal from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, Dr Ismail Zardari and Waqar Hussain Phulpoto also addressed the participants of the seminar.