OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday directed departments to remain alert to cope with the threats of flood and monsoon in the province and better protective measures than previous year should also be made for meeting any emergent situation. He also warned that any negligence and irresponsibility in connection with protective arrangements will not be tolerated. The CM also issued directions for constituting a Cabinet committee, headed by Senior Adviser Zulfiqar Khosa. The committee would go to the field to review arrangements and submit its report within next seven days, and in the light of this report, protective arrangements would be made more effective. Presiding over a high-level meeting with regard to reviewing the flood arrangements, the CM said: Last years flooding caused vast devastations in the province. A number of villages were wiped out and a huge loss was caused to properties, livestock and crops. I myself remained in the field to review the relief- and rehabilitation-activities. A number of departments demonstrated outstanding performance. This year, Commissioners, District Coordination Officers and concerned departments should also remain fully alert to meet any emergent situation. Senior Adviser Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Minister Irrigation Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, MPAsbelonging to Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Mianwali, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur and Multan, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Home Secretary, Commissioners of Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Sargodha divisions and secretaries of departments attended the meeting. Senior Member Board of Revenue Akhlaq Ahmad Tarrar, Secretary Irrigation Irfan Elahi and Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khalid Sherdil gave a detailed briefing with regard to protective measures and construction of spurs and bunds. The Chief Minister said the Cabinet committee will be headed by Sirdar Khosa and will consist of Minister Irrigation Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, MPs of the concerned districts and secretaries, which will review all protective measures by going to the field. He added that in the light of the Committee report, steps would be taken for making protective arrangements more effective. This Committee would review in detail matters including the condition of spurs and bunds, snake-biting medicine, camps, and supply of clean drinking water. Protection of life and property of the people is of great importance, therefore, all departments should utilise all resources for meeting any emergent situation, he directed. Earlier, SM BoR told the meeting that all arrangements had been completed for coping with any emergent situation throughout the province and all districts and concerned departments had evolved plans in this regard. Irfan Elahi informed the meeting that the work of repairing of protective spurs and bunds had been completed at a cost of Rs2.5 billion. Khalid Sherdil said that all protective arrangements had been completed to save from flood and places for setting up 509 relief camps in various areas have also been identified. He also informed about the details of rivers position and forecast of rains by the Metrological Department.