PDMA, Rescue-1122 equipped to deal with eventualities: CM


Says more effective response essential in case of natural calamity

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab and Rescue-1122 have been equipped with modern requirements to deal with eventualities.

In his message issued on Friday, he said the earth quake of October 8, 2005, was the worst calamity and people were still unable to forget that devastation.

The CM said that the nation actively played its role for rehabilitation of the victims, and it provided full support to them. It set an example of selflessness and sacrifice while helping people in need, he said.

The services of Rescue-1122 had also been appreciated at international level. The facility had been expanded at tehsil level, while motorcycle rescue service had been extended to all districts of the province, he added.

The CM maintained that an effective response mechanism was essential in case of natural calamity while trained human resources play an effective role in disaster management.

“The day reminds us to be alert to save lives during natural calamities and it is the need of the hour to use modern technology to reduce the risk of losses in natural calamities,” he added. On the other hand Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has ordered indiscriminate action against

those responsible for artificial price-hike in the province.

While giving instructions to the cabinet standing committee on price- control, the CM said inflation was the issue of the common man and ease should be created for the impecunious strata through an effective system of price control, said a handout issued here on Friday.

The people could not be left at the mercy of black marketeers, he stressed and asked the political, as well as administrative teams, to play an active role to save people from artificial inflation.

The CM stressed that the government had a full understanding of difficulties of the common man.

The parliamentarians should monitor prices of es-sential commodities in their areas, he said and made it clear that the performance of deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners would be checked through effective price-control measures.

A report on the activities of each district will be prepared and those who would do well would be commended, the CM added and reiterated that there was no room for negligence in this regard.

Those who were negligent in price-control measures must be held accountable, he warned and directed holding price-control committee meetings in DC offices daily. Alongside this, the approved price lists should be displayed at shops and prices should be checked as per SOPs, he concluded.


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