Provincial Minister for Irrigation Malik Ahmad Ali has directed the PIDA management to prepare proposals regarding the transparent elections of Area Water Boards, disputed issues of irrigation sector and the required amendments in the Farmers Organizations Rules 2010.
He was presiding over the 44th PIDA Authority meeting in the committee room of Irrigation Department. The Secretary Irrigation Punjab Khalid Masood Chaudhary, General Manager PIDA , Faiz Muhayuddin, General Manager (OP) Ch. Karamat Ali, General Manager (Finance) Asif Sohail, Secretary PIDA Najmus Saqib Rehmani and the Farmers Members PIDA Abdul Rehman Rana, Karam Elahi Bandial, Javed Hasan Gujjar, Rana Mubashar Iqbal, Ali Haidar Naizi and Main Tahir Saeed including the representative of Finance, P&D, Irrigation and Agriculture Departments were also present in the meeting.
Malik Ahmed Ali has said that the Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority was established under PIDA Act 1997 to improve the equitable irrigation supplies with the participation of farmers. He directed to strictly follow the PIDA Rules and Regulations for transparent elections of Farmers Organizations (FOs) and Area Water Boards (AWB) members. The Authority also empowered the General Manager (TM) PIDA to hear the appeals related to AWB elections. The Authority also reviewed the issues of 15% adhoc relief due to PIDA employees since July 2011 and the regularization of PIDA staff in detail. The Authority also granted the extension in contracts to all PIDA employees beyond 30.06.2012.
The Minister said that Punjab government is fully aware about with the problems of employees and Chief Minister Punjab is keen interested to solve their problems. He said that we believe in to facilitate government employees so that they could better perform.