Growers warn to launch protest campaign against incompetence of SIDA at Badin

Saturday 04 March 2017 3 weeks ago 78   Badin   Print

Former NA Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza is seen talking to media at Badin

Report  Tanweer Ahmed Arain : BADIN: Large number of the small growers and peasants, elected representatives hailing from different towns and cities of district Badin organized an important meeting on Saturday at Morjhar Farm and presided by former Speaker, NA, Dr. Fehmida Mirza to devise their strategy against the alleged artificial water crises in the irrigation channels of the district. Participants of the meeting held Chairman, Area Water Board, Left Canals of Kotri Barrage, responsible for water crises, which according to them, was involved in the mega scam of Rs.06 billion which was released for the updagration and re-modeling of Ali-pur regulator and others irrigation channels. Dr. Fehmida Mirza, MNA, speaking to the APP alleged that people of the district are facing the worst water crises and other issues mainly due to the rampant corruption and the bad governance. She observed that the commission formed by Supreme Court of Pakistan was doing its best to provide the quality drinking water, adding she deplored that despite that people in Badin district particularly its coastal belt were forced to drink the highly contaminated water due to unavailability of water. Dr. Mirza observed that Akram Wah canal and its outlets were not given the due share of water while Phuleli Canal and its channels were given extra water illegally since they were non-perennial. She said that on one hand the flood canals were provided with ample share of water while the other side the outlets in Badin, Shaheed Fazil Rahu, Tando Bago and parts of Talhar Talukas were not given the water even the drinking purposes adding she termed it a conspiracy against the farmers and the people of Badin. She told that the water flow was being badly obstructed by irrigation officials and the landowners by tampering with the modules and constructing the blockages in the canals. Dr. Mirza told that she again and again raised her voice in the National Assembly against that burning issue of district but the local irrigation and SIDA officials were not ready to address the issues. On the occasion, Hussnain Mirza, MPA, Sikander Ali Memon, Haji Sher Jamali, Syed Zafar Ali Shah and other elected LB representatives and farmers leaders were present. Jointly they demanded for the removal of the SIDA chairman and stern actions against all those responsible for the water crises and in the massive scam. They warned to launch the peaceful protest movement under the leadership of Dr. Fehmida Mirza, if their demands were not meet. 02