87 units of potable water sealed so far, Senate told

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No proposal to increase Waseela-e-Haq, Rozgar allocations; No infant died due to polio drops in Khyber Agency

Islamabad

Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain Friday informed the Senate that the government has sealed 87 units of potable water so far found involved in manufacturing contaminated and unsafe water across the country.
During the question hour in the House, the minister said there was mafia in potable which involved in manufacturing unsafe water and they always change their name and again started business with other name.
He said the government was taking several steps to control manufacturing of contaminated and unsafe water and also enhanced punishments including fine and other sentence. Earlier, there was only Rs 50,000 fine which was enhance to Rs 600,000 and sentence from three to five years which was only three to six month before.
The minister said the government has also launched an awareness campaign not to purchase potable water without trade mark. He said that to ensure the quality of potable water was not mandate of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) or Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) rather Capital Development Authority (CDA) was responsible for supplying of safe and clean water to the residents.
The minister said the CDA has installed various tube wells and water filtration plants in Islamabad which regularly monitor the water quality of filtration plants for which PCRWR provides sampling and testing facilities.
Meanwhile, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid on Friday informed the Senate there is no proposal under consideration to increase allocations for Waseela-e-Haq and Waseela-e-Rozgar schemes under Benazir Income Support Program.
He said it was decided at a Board meeting during 2013 to stop both the schemes as lot of discrepancies were unearthed in these schemes. “These schemes were actually meant for the poor but were not properly utilized.”
Answering questions on behalf of the Finance Minister, he also informed the House that the cases of 15 Non-Governmental Organizations are under process for registration. The minister said, Economic Affairs Division is processing these cases while the documents of 15 local NGOs receiving foreign contributions have been circulated among stakeholders for seeking views.
While, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad Friday informed the Senate that no infant was died due to administrating polio drops in Khyber Agency.
Responding to a Calling Attention Notice moved by Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi regarding the death of five infants in Khyber Agency after having polio drops, a medical board was constituted and proper inquiry was held into the incident to ascertain real facts. He said the heir of infants refused to carry out postmortem.

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