Punjab Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema directed the officials concerned to ensure the provision of water to the far off areas of Cholistan, and sought a report in this regard.

He was addressing a meeting after a visit to Cholistan. The chief secretary said that along with the provision of water, special attention be given to the healthcare for the people and their livestock. The meeting was told that four mobile teams of Health Department had been providing facilities for the Cholistanis while Cholistan Development Authority’s 10 mobile teams had vaccinated more than 100,000 animals in the last two weeks. In Bahawalnagar, Mobile Health Unit has attended 400 patients in two days, it was further said.

The chief secretary directed the establishment wheat sale point. He directed the CDA authorities to make functional the 260-kilometre pipeline and provide where machinery was needed to ensure the provision of water to the Cholistanis. He said that at Health Department’s basic health centres and livestock centres, deployment of staff and their attendance be ensured. He added that there was a considerable difference between the situation of Cholistan and that of Tharparkar. About 10,000 people are living in Cholistan along with their livestock and they were being provided with water and food. He said that during his visit to Cholistan, he did not saw any symptoms of contagious diseases. Earlier, he met with the people and inquired about their problems.

Addressing another meeting held regarding the review of developmental projects in Cholistan, the chief secretary said that he would monitor the work at developmental projects by visiting all the divisional headquarters.

He directed to complete 99% of all the developmental projects within the next month. He also directed all the district coordination officers to work on “Khidmat Cards” projects with complete transparency and ensure the provision of aid to the deserving poor.

He said that at the end of the month, the Punjab chief minister would inaugurate the project of issuing “Khidmat Cards”. It was told in the meeting that 233,970 such cards would be issued to the people in Bahawalpur Division for which 28 centres had been established.

Commissioner Bahwalpur Asadullah Khan briefed the officer that in Bahawalpur Division work on 193 projects was in progress for which the government had released Rs3 billion while 67% work of these projects was complete. Commissioner told that according to the developmental projects of southern Punjab program 16 projects are approved for Bahawalpur Division for which more than 1 billion rupees of funds are released.