SIALKOT-As many as 15 government special education centres are deprived of buildings and transportation facility in Gujranwala region for the last many years thus the managements have to pay huge amount as rent against the rented buildings.
These colleges lack funds, according to the senior officials of the Social Welfare Department. There were total 40 govt special education centres in Gujranwala Division’s Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaud Din, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts. They also face the shortage of buses for the transportation of special students.
There are only 70 buses for more than 4,500 special students of the 40 centres. The parents of the special children and local social, religious, educational and political circles have expressed grave concern over the nasty situation. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Commissioner Capt(Rtd) Muhammad Asif to ensure early provision of funds for the payment of the rent for the private buildings besides ensuring early provision of more buses for the special students.
RED HANDED: The Wildlife Department officials caught red-handed two accused Shahid and Zafar Iqbal while slaughtering a wild deer in village Kamaanwala. Later, the officials released the accused after fining them Rs10,000. The officials also auctioned the meat of the slaughtered wild deer for Rs20,000.
Meanwhile, the Wildlife Department officials remained successful in catching another wild deer which invaded the Govt. Boys Degree College Pasrur despite the passage of two days. The officials added that a wild deer invaded the college and disappeared in a jungle on 50 acres of land in the college’s ground. The officials released the wild deer into a nearby jungle.
METERS PURCHASED: The Gepco has purchased 300,000 electricity meters for its domestic consumers and 30,000 for its commercial consumers on emergency grounds by spending Rs462 million in a bid to overcome the shortage of the meters. The local applicants are suffering great difficulties in getting electricity connections in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaud Din, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts.
According to the senior Gepco officials, Gepco Chief Executive Zahid Saleem has given the special tasks of issuance of the new electricity connections to all the applicants as all the SDOs of Gepco’s 124 sub divisions and 26 XENs have been made bound to issue the new connections against pending applications till the dead line ending on December 15, 2017.
DEAL SIGNED: WWF Pakistan and Sialkot Tannery Association signed a letter of Intent (LoI) to kick start their mutual cooperation for the European Union (EU) funded project International Labour and Environmental Standards (ILES) Application in Sialkot’s tanneries.
A signing ceremony was held at Sialkot. On the occasion, the WWF introduced the cleaner production and pollution prevention techniques for the tanneries in Sialkot.
WWF Pakistan senior official Sohail Ali Naqvi said that under the Letter of Intent (LoI), the WWF Pakistan will conduct environmental audits of the registered tanneries in Sialkot. He said that the project was aiming to promote sustainable economic growth by introduction of cleaner production and pollution prevention techniques in the processes of tanneries.