ISLAMKOT – Friday, March 6, 2020: Elected representatives from Tharparkar, senior government officials and officials of Thar Foundation and Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) on Friday urged to implement sustainable action programs and schemes in Tharparker to address human development problems and permanently end sufferings of Thar.
They were of the view that sustainable schemes on saline water for Biosaline Agriculture and fodder and promotion of livestock as a formal industry will pave the way to uplift human development of indicators of Tharparkar.
They were speaking at a concluding ceremony of Thar Fodder Distribution Project (TFDP) Phase-1, jointly completed by Thar Foundation with the support of Livestock & Fisheries Department, Government of Sindh.
National Assembly Member from Thar, Dr. Mahesh Malani, District Council Chairman, Dr. Ghulam Haider Samejo, Secretary Livestock & Fisheries, Aijaz Mahesar, SECMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi, Director Site Operations Syed Murtaza Azher Rizvi and General Manager Thar Foundation Naseer Memon spoke on the occasion.
The ceremony was told that 21650 households were benefitted from TFDP Phase I in 6 Union Councils of district Tharparkar. Beneficiaries were selected through a scientific survey under a fix criterion and distributed 75Kg of healthy Vanda so that their animals produce healthy meat and milk.
MNA Dr. Mahesh Malani said since Thar has become a resource-rich area and will contribute to the economy, policymakers should come up with sustainable programs and schemes in agriculture and livestock sectors.
Secretary Livestock Department, Aijaz Mahesar was of the view that Thar has great potential to grow as a hub of livestock industry for which regular sustainable interventions are required.
“We have successfully implemented a model under TFDP and Desert Fisheries Program in collaboration with Thar Foundation where we’ve also released 200,000 fish seeds in the Gorano Reservoir,” he added.
SECMC CEO, Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi said, the coal-resource rich people of Thar should not demand schemes in return for successful coal and energy projects, rather its responsibility of the companies to run social uplift programs.
He hoped that they are considering numerous sustainable schemes after Govt of Sindh will disburse coal royalty to Thar Foundation later this year.
Chairman District Council, Dr. Ghulam Haider Samejo said that like the people getting benefits from the nearby coal and energy projects, similar schemes for the rest of Thar may also be introduced and implemented by Thar Foundation.
Director Site Operations SECMC, Syed Murtaza Azher Rizvi, General Manager Naseer Memon, local village elder Bhooral Shah and others also spoke on the occasion.