LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said flood is a test for philanthropists and well-to-do segments of the society as well, who must come forward and extend a helping hand to millions of the calamity-stricken people who are waiting for their assistance. Only those nations survive, which uphold social and economic justice. The country will fall a victim to anarchy if the people will not play their role for the relief of flood-hit people and the devastated villages are not rehabilitated, he averred, while appreciating the Pakistan Poultry Association for donating of Rs550 millions for the affectees. He was addressing 12th National Poultry and Food Expo 2010 at Expo Centre here on Friday. MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, MPAs, local and foreign delegates associated with poultry industry and senior officers were present on the occasion. The CM said flood had caused unparallel damage and the extent of devastation could not be visualised from Lahore or Karachi. I have been with the calamity-stricken people from the beginning and have personally seen their miseries. Millions of families have been rendered homeless and thousands of villages have been wiped out. It is a national responsibility to help and assist the calamity-hit people, he said, adding that affluent persons and different organisations were contributing towards relief and rehabilitation of the people, and Sugar Mills Association donated Rs 100m, but they could have given up to Rs 2bn. However, he said, I feel that the rich and large organisations can make greater donations which are the backbone of the society. Some circles do not like his statements regarding bloody revolution in the country. If equitable distribution of resources is not made or all out assistance is not extended to the flood affectees as an attempt to scare the business community, but the purpose of my comments is to set up a just society and create a fear of God and spirit of service among the elite and rich classes so that they should come forward and help the needy persons. The country will plunge into anarchy if help and assistance are not offered to the flood-hit people. A society where loot and plunder is rampant cannot survive, he observed. Shahbaz Sharif further said such policies would be formulated for industrialists and the common man which could help promote industrial sector as well as benefit the poor. He mentioned that he wrote four letters to the federal government to import sugar and not to levy duty so that its prices could be maintained at reasonable level. He said Prime Minister agreed with his proposal, but Trading Cooperation of Pakistan displayed criminal negligence by delaying the import of sugar as a result of which its prices had sky-rocketed. Qabza groups have extended their tentacles in every sector and there is a need for checking its activities for poverty alleviation and setting up a society based on justice and fair play, he added. He said he agreed in principle that poultry was an agri industry and he would ask the PM and federal government to take necessary measures for resolving its problems. He also directed Secretary Livestock to formulate recommendations with the consultation of Poultry Association for resolving general sales tax, local government taxes and other issues and submit the same within seven days. While addressing students of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, the CM said they were the custodian of the future of the country, and therefore, they should gain knowledge of science and technology for achieving the objective of economic prosperity. Local and foreign participants presented cheques for Rs 45m for the flood affectees whereas the association has already donated Rs10 m. Chief Organiser Abdul Hayee Mehta, Chairman Pakistan Poultry Association, Dr. Muhammad Aslam and Chairman Poultry Association North Zone Raza Mehmood Khursand also spoke on the occasion.