ISLAMABAD - The 6th meeting of the Flood Judicial Commission constituted under the directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Constitution Petition No.62/2010 titled Marvi Memon vs Federation of Pakistan etc. was held on Wednesday here in the Cabinet Division. Officers of Ministry of Food & Agriculture, officers of National Highway Authority, officers responsible for relief and rehabilitation services in the Government of Sindh, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir also participated in the meeting. The Commission noted the absence of Secretary Ministry of Food and Agriculture and observed that being more important meeting the Secretary should have attended the meeting himself instead of junior officers. The Joint Secretary Ministry of Food and Agriculture along with representatives of attached departments of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture gave an overview of the damages caused by the July 2010 floods to food and agriculture infrastructure of the country. The Commission was informed that despite massive floods, the projected estimates of the wheat and sugar production were not going to be negatively affected. Therefore, there was no imminent danger of any shortage of necessary items of daily use. The Commission directed the officers of the Ministry to provide the revised and updated account of the overall food security situation of the country keeping in view the Supreme Courts judgment in this case. The officers representing rehabilitation department along with the then Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), briefed the Commission about the relief and rehabilitation programmes launched in the province of Sindh during the 2010 floods. The ex-DG PDMA informed the Commission that his Authority in consultation with the other agencies including the Pakistan Army had conducted a detailed exercise to avert damages in the month of June 2010. He informed that four breaches were observed in Sindh, primarily because of overtopping. He further disclosed that at present, there was a dichotomy of job related to relief and rehabilitation in the Province. However, in view of the creation of the PDMA the issue would be resolved very soon. The deposed Chairman NHA appeared before the Commission and stated that highway infrastructure in the country suffered major blow due to the recent floods. He said that over Rs 20 billion were required to carry out the necessary repairs. He informed the Commission that necessary measures were taken to ensure smooth flow of water at the designing stage of motorways and highways. However, He sought more time to give appropriate reply to the report that M1 between Islamabad and Peshawar had caused major destruction in some areas of Charsadda, Swabi and Mardan districts due to inadequate sizes of the two bridges which caused hindrance and back flow of water. The officers representing the Rehabilitation and Relief Department of FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK governments briefed the Commission about the destruction caused by July 2010 floods and various measures taken to mitigate the sufferings of the affected population. At the end, the Commission decided to initiate field visit of flood-affected areas in Sindh from March 14. Before the field visits, the people of the flood-affected areas were being directed to provide information. A detailed performa in this regard was developed by the Commission. The said performa to be filled by the affectees is being advertised in the national and regional newspapers. It was decided that the filled in proformas duly signed by the affectees and attested by the Oath Commissioner are to be given to the relevant District and Sessions Judge for their onward submission to the Commission. No shortage of sugar, wheat in country OUR STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD - The 6th meeting of the Flood Judicial Commission constituted under the directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Constitution Petition No.62/2010 titled Marvi Memon vs Federation of Pakistan etc. was held on Wednesday here in the Cabinet Division. Officers of Ministry of Food & Agriculture, officers of National Highway Authority, officers responsible for relief and rehabilitation services in the Government of Sindh, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir also participated in the meeting. The Commission noted the absence of Secretary Ministry of Food and Agriculture and observed that being more important meeting the Secretary should have attended the meeting himself instead of junior officers. The Joint Secretary Ministry of Food and Agriculture along with representatives of attached departments of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture gave an overview of the damages caused by the July 2010 floods to food and agriculture infrastructure of the country. The Commission was informed that despite massive floods, the projected estimates of the wheat and sugar production were not going to be negatively affected. Therefore, there was no imminent danger of any shortage of necessary items of daily use. The Commission directed the officers of the Ministry to provide the revised and updated account of the overall food security situation of the country keeping in view the Supreme Courts judgment in this case. The officers representing rehabilitation department along with the then Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), briefed the Commission about the relief and rehabilitation programmes launched in the province of Sindh during the 2010 floods. The ex-DG PDMA informed the Commission that his Authority in consultation with the other agencies including the Pakistan Army had conducted a detailed exercise to avert damages in the month of June 2010. He informed that four breaches were observed in Sindh, primarily because of overtopping. He further disclosed that at present, there was a dichotomy of job related to relief and rehabilitation in the Province. However, in view of the creation of the PDMA the issue would be resolved very soon. The deposed Chairman NHA appeared before the Commission and stated that highway infrastructure in the country suffered major blow due to the recent floods. He said that over Rs 20 billion were required to carry out the necessary repairs. He informed the Commission that necessary measures were taken to ensure smooth flow of water at the designing stage of motorways and highways. However, He sought more time to give appropriate reply to the report that M1 between Islamabad and Peshawar had caused major destruction in some areas of Charsadda, Swabi and Mardan districts due to inadequate sizes of the two bridges which caused hindrance and back flow of water. The officers representing the Rehabilitation and Relief Department of FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK governments briefed the Commission about the destruction caused by July 2010 floods and various measures taken to mitigate the sufferings of the affected population. At the end, the Commission decided to initiate field visit of flood-affected areas in Sindh from March 14. Before the field visits, the people of the flood-affected areas were being directed to provide information. A detailed performa in this regard was developed by the Commission. The said performa to be filled by the affectees is being advertised in the national and regional newspapers. It was decided that the filled in proformas duly signed by the affectees and attested by the Oath Commissioner are to be given to the relevant District and Sessions Judge for their onward submission to the Commission.