HAFIZABAD - the growers of the city have strongly condemned the proposal increase in oil prices by Rs7 per litre from March 1 and called upon government to desist from anti-masses and anti-growers policies.

In a statement, Kissan Board District President Amanullah Chattha said that the government had already been besieged by multiple crises and due to wrong policies and it was generating more problems not only for the people but also for themselves. He said that further increase in POL prices would be intolerable and people particularly growers would be constrained to take out protest rallies at all the district, if the proposed hike was not withdrawn.

Registration of newborns in UCs stressed: The speaker at a seminar stressed the need for registration/entry of newly-born children in the Union Councils for the facilitation of parents.

The speakers including EDO Health Dr Muhammad Aslam, Gender Specialist Muhammad Arshad and Superintendent Darul Aman Sana Javed urged the parents as well as Secretaries of UC to ensure entry of newborns promptly to avoid any complications and problems to the parents in getting from ‘B’ from Nadra.

Uplift of 31-mile road completed: Widening and renovation of 31-mile Hafizabad-Pindi Bhattian Road has been completed at a cost of Rs200 million.

Moreover, maintenance work on three roads at a cost of Rs311.719 million under the District Package is going on in full swing. Upgradation of schools and provision of potable water at 42 places is also being undertaken at a cost of Rs102 million.

MNA Saira Afzal Tarar, MPAs Asadullah Arain and Mian Shahid Hussain Bhatti have said that all-out efforts were being taken for raising the living standard of masses in the area and basic amenities are being provided at doorstep of villagers of remote area.

Journalist’s mother passes away: Mother of Dr Mazhar Abbas, a local journalist died here after protracted illness. She was 60. She was laid to rest in local graveyard. Her funeral was attended by a large number of local physicians, journalists and elite of the city.

Meanwhile, Press Club members condoled the death of mother of Dr Mazhar and expressed their heartfelt sympathies with him.

Sanitary workers go on strike: The TMA Tehsil Depalpur Sanitary workers observed a strike against the thrashing of their colleague by some lawyers in Basir Pur. The incident provoked all the TMA sanitary workers to go on strike to express solidarity with their colleague. On the other hand, this strike has resulted in large amounts of garbage accumulated on streets and roads and the entire city wore the look of garbage dump for the last two days. Meanwhile, people have expressed concern over the prevailing unhygienic and unsanitary condition and have feared eruption of diseases. They demanded the authorities concerned to take notice of the situation and take prompt steps to ensure sanitation in the city.