ISLAMABAD: Opposition members in the National Assembly condemned the federal government's 'negligence' on locust attacks in Sindh province.
According to the report, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) opposition in the National Assembly criticized the government for not providing the necessary and approved funds to cope with the devastating situation in Sindh and warned that if steps were not taken for timely treatment. So the situation can be uncontrollable and other provinces may face this problem.
Presenting notice of 'heart attack in different districts of Sindh', Syed Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party said that the crops were being destroyed and if the issue was not resolved seriously by both the provincial and federal governments. So there may be a shortage of wheat in the country.
During the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research Aamir Sultan informed the House that the federal government has visited the affected areas besides the approval of the National Action Plan (NAP) to control the situation and in several meetings. Are organized.
To which Naveed Qamar said, "We are not interested to hear that you have formed committees and are meeting, we want to tell you what practical steps you have taken to overcome the situation".
Ghulam Ali Talpur, a member of the PPP's Badin, claimed that 12 districts of Sindh were hit with severe heart attacks.
He said that grasshoppers were like black clouds in the sky and it seemed to be the 18th century because people were burning some of their crops to save the rest.
Amir Sultan said that besides finalizing the National Action Plan, the Economic Coordination Committee had approved Rs. 46 crore which will be used to control the situation till July.
He said that money would be released in this regard soon after approval of the federal cabinet.
Amir Sultan said that the government has already spent Rs 30 million on 14,000 litres of medicines for combating locust attacks and spraying in Sindh.
In addition, he said that the order of importing one lakh litres of medicines in the next few months, he added that the government has constituted committees at the district level to monitor the situation and report to the deputy commissioners on a 15-day basis. Was instructed to give.
Amir Sultan said that 24 teams have been formed, 14 camps have been set up, 7 vehicles and 3 aircraft have been deployed for the spray in the affected areas, and after repairs, another ship will be provided for this purpose soon.
Pakistan Peoples Party Member National Assembly Nawab Yusuf Talpur claimed that only 2 planes are available for spray and even 4 aircraft are not enough to cover the affected areas.
He said that when a locust attack occurred during the People's Party era, he took 17 aircraft from the United Arab Emirates and Iran, which helped prevent the situation from worsening.
Yousuf Talpur said that the locust attack happened in April and since then they have been screaming at him but have not been providing the required funds.
During the meeting, opposition members questioned the absence of recently appointed Minister of Defense, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, in the House.
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