Sindh govt to start aware­ness cam­paign on fire safety

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - —NNI

KARACHI—Sindh gov­ern­ment will en­list help and ser­vices of pri­vate sec­tor and its rel­e­vant as­so­ci­a­tions to en­sure fire pro­tec­tion and re­lated emer­gency mea­sures at ma­jor cities, pub­lic cities and shrines sit­u­ated across the prov­ince.

This was stated by Ad­vi­sor to Sindh chief min­is­ter on Auqaf and Re­li­gious Af­fairs Dr. Ab­dul Qay­oom Soomro while be­ing chief guest at 6th Fire Safety & Se­cu­rity Awards and Con­ven­tion-2016 held the other day.

The Na­tional Fo­rum for En­vi­ron­ment and Health (NFEH) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Pak­istan and All Pak­istan Se­cu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion or­ga­nized the pro­gramme in which 33 com­pa­nies were given awards for adopt­ing best in-house fire pro­tec­tion prac­tices and mea­sures.

Dr. Soomro said that though Re­li­gious Af­fairs and Auqaf de­part­ment of pro­vin­cial govt headed by him had no di­rect rel­e­vance to sub­ject of fire safety but his de­part­ment would give due value to the is­sue as it would en­sure pro­tec­tion to hu­man life and be­long­ings, which is also the cen­tre­piece of teach­ings of Is­lam

He ad­vised or­ga­niz­ers of the con­ven­tion to con­tinue with their good ef­forts for cause of fire pro­tec­tion and safety as in next year his Re­li­gious Af­fairs de­part­ment would fully as­sist or­ga­niz­ing such a moot on the im­por­tant civic is­sue.

He ap­pre­ci­ated the ser­vices be­ing ren­dered by non-gov­ern­men­tal and pri­vate sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions for fire pro­tec­tion and safety in so­ci­ety say­ing that their ser­vices were much of su­pe­rior and greater value than that of the govt in fire fight­ing op­er­a­tions.

The CM’s ad­vi­sor said that gov­ern­ment had all the re­solve to eliminate ter­ror­ism from the coun­try so that in­dus­tries could be re­vived for eco­nomic growth of the coun­try. He said the gov­ern­ment’s drive to eliminate ter­ror­ism and law­less­ness had achieved up to 90 per cent suc­cess in Sindh in general and in Karachi par­tic­u­larly so that busi­ness and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties could be pro­moted.

Ear­lier in his speech, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, for­mer ad­vi­sor to prime min­is­ter on tex­tiles, lamented that Pak­istan had no in­dus­trial safety laws on oc­cu­pa­tional safety as re­cently ad­mit­ted by the Fed­eral Hu­man Re­source min­is­ter in Na­tional Assem­bly.

“If you re­called Supreme Court has di­rected pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to draft a bill in this re­gard af­ter evolv­ing con­sen­sus but since no time frame was given, this leg­is­la­tion is still pend­ing”.

He said that in­dus­trial ac­ci­dents and fire in­ci­dents had be­come an ev­ery­day rou­tine in most in­dus­trial cities of Pak­istan. Ab­sence of pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures and lack of ro­bust reg­u­la­tory sys­tems has put the lives of labour­ers in per­ma­nent dan­ger, said Dr. Baig.

—PO photo

Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter So­hail An­war Khan Sayal talk­ing to Com­man­dant SSU Maq­sood Ahmed dur­ing his visit to Police Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre be­ing setup at Ko­rangi Road.

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