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‘Govt to ensure effective implementation of climate change policy’

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to PM on climate change Malik Amin Aslam Khan has said that the government will keep all the provinces on board to ensure effective implementation of national climate change policy.

He stated this while chairing 6th meeting of NCCPIC (National climate change policy implementation committee) at Ministry of climate change Islamabad today.

The meeting discussed and oversees the progress on the implementation of National climate change policy by the provinces and federal departments.

Federal Secretary Climate change Mr Shahrukh nusrat, Additional secretary khurram Ali agha, Provincial Representatives and senior officials from MOFA, Planning Division, Industries and production, Finance, National food security, Meteorological department, NDMA, ENERCON were also present in the meeting.

Representatives from federal and provincial governments shared their progress on implementation agenda through detailed presentations.

Punjab representative, apprised the chair regarding SMOG emergency and measures adopted by the Punjab government to counter this menace. Malik Amin Aslam Khan said that he had two meetings with Chief Minister Punjab and other stakeholders on “SMOG” issue.

Punjab government has established 11 monitoring units to evaluate the intensity of the SMOG round the clock. Special health counters have also been established in main hospitals to treat SMOG affectees on preferential basis.

Malik Amin Aslam Khan said that implementation of SMOG commission, s recommendations is on its way and Punjab government is very much aligned with us on this issue. Bricks kiln association has been asked to stop their units from 20th October to 31 December.

All Other precautionary measures are also being taken to counter this imminent SMOG issue. The chair was informed that climate change sections have been established in P&D departments of Punjab, Sindh and AJK and other provinces are following the suit.

Malik Amin Aslam Khan informed the participants that environment is a key priority agenda of our government and we are in the process of its implementation now. Prime Minister had constituted a national committee on climate change to ensure adequate implementation of our climate change objectives.

Adviser to Prime Minister Mailk Amin Aslam Khan said, “due to mismanagement and lack of planning we have been wasting 90% of our water. We never paid any heed towards storage of water but now we have devised comprehensive plan to store water under ‘Recharge Pakistan’ initiative. We will store flood water in our wetlands and will use that water for agriculture and other purposes.”

The Advisor further said that renewable energy is an opportunity window and we must get maximum benefit from this opportunity to fulfill our growing energy needs with less environmental cost.

Mailk Amin Aslam asked the provinces to prepare alternative energy projects and send to the Ministry at the earliest. He said that the government will extend all possible support to the provinces to remove bottle necks in the implementation of their climate change projects.

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