LAKKI MARWAT - Jamaat-e-Islami Lakki chapter Chief Sabz Ali Naveed has demanded the local and higher authorities concerned to ensure presence of sanitary workers on duty and resolve the water shortage problems in urban locality.

Talking to journalists here on Wednesday, he said that residents of Lakki city were confronted with the poor hygienic condition and scarcity of drinking water due to the apathy on part of municipal workers. He flayed the poor performance of municipal committee employees and said that local authorities of the civic body were not interested to improve the situation.

The JI leader alleged that many sanitary workers got salaries from the kitty of civic body but they performed duty at the hujras and houses of local Khans and influential politicians. "To get salaries from municipal committee and work at the houses of their political masters by municipal employees is an illegal act and it should be abolished at once," he maintained.

He asked the chief municipal officer and other high-ups concerned to take the negligent and derelict workers to task and improve cleanliness condition in the urban locality. Naveed also demanded of the municipal officials to ensure provision of potable drinking water to the residents at all costs. "The authorities can resolve the water shortage problem by ensuring presence of relevant staffers on duty at the water supply schemes," he added.

When contacted Chief Municipal Officer Qudratullah Khan said that water supply schemes were functional and he had started paying surprise inspection visits to the tube wells to check the presence of concerned employees there.

He said that sanitary workers had been called on duty besides they had been assigned the task of removing garbage dumps from the entire urban locality on daily basis. The chief municipal officer said that al out efforts were being made to keep the city clean and beautiful with the help of local people.