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Balochistan governor concerned over shortage of water in Quetta

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QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has said that he is deeply concerned over the depleting underground water reserves in Quetta and other parts of the province.

According to the retired justice, the situation is alarming and the agriculture and livestock sectors are going to be impacted.

Mr Yasinzai made these comments while speaking to a delegation of agriculturists from Muslim Bagh here on Monday. “Low rainfall and depleting water level has created a drought-like situation in the province, which must immediately be addressed,” he said.

Governor Yasinzai said it was imperative that the government build small dams across the province to preserve rainwater. If things continue the way they are, the province will turn into a desert.

The governor said it was time to launch a campaign to create awareness among people about the importance of water conservation.

“Environmental experts and researchers could be effective in controlling the crises in Balochistan, and advocating for conservation.”

Meanwhile, meeting a delegation headed by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl’s Mir Zabid Reki, the governor said that “without educating our children we can’t end poverty and deprivation in Balochistan.”

“The provincial government has declared an educational emergency and is pursuing a zero tolerance policy towards educational fields. Therefore government employees, particularly in health and education departments, must ensure their presence in remote areas.” the governor added.

Assuring to address issues of Washuk and Basima districts, the governor stressed that parents must encourage their children — especially girls — to pursue quality education.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

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