PESHAWAR: Rescue 1122 will now provide services to workers of coal and marble mines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during emergencies.

IT was stated by Director General KP Rescue 1122 Dr Khateer Ahmad in a statement. Dr Khateer Ahmad said the project to construct rescue stations within the vicinity of mines has been approved by the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP).

The DG sad the project would cost up to Rs390 million and four stations will be constructed in Kohat, Buner and Abbottabad where digging takes place for excavation of minerals including coal and marble. He said these rescue centres will be manned by professional staffers of the department having the capability of providing relief and rescue to stranded mine workers.

Dr Khateer said the decision to set up Rescue centres within the vicinity of mines was taken in the wake of recent accidents in mines. He said mines are located quite away from populated area and it takes a lot of time for Rescue teams to reach the venue of emergency and start work. Therefore, he said, it was decided to set up special centres in some district with the task of providing rescue to the mine workers at times of emergencies. He said construction work on establishment of these centres will start soon.

Supply of subsidised flour begins

Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Food Mian Khaliqur Rehman Thursday said the government has started supplying and distributing subsidised flour at union council and village council levels.

Talking to media, he said flour mills are being closely monitored and strict action has been warned against black marketers and hoarders.

The adviser said for the first time, a policy has been formulated for crushing wheat in which 15 percent fine flour, 73 percent normal flour and 12 percent bran have been allowed. He said the purpose of the policy is to further improve the quality of flour. He said the department has adopted a zero tolerance policy against corruption and incompetence and strict monitoring procedures have been formulated to check the activities of subordinate offices.

The adviser said that the Food Department procured 603,000 metric tonnes of wheat in 2018-19 and 1,069,890 metric tonnes in 2019-20.



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