Lahore, March 29, 2017 (PPI-OT): Provincial Minister for Population Welfare and Environment Protection Begum Zakia Shahnawaz has said that government is taking all measures to comply the international environmental standards, rules and regulations as it could give immense benefits to the economy besides controlling huge number of demises caused by the pollution.
She was speaking a seminar on “Environment of Success – Not Cost but Opportunity”, joint organized by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab Environment Protection Department, Punjab Environment Protection Department and World wildlife Fund, here at the Lahore Chamber. The LCCI President Abdul Basit, Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa, Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Environment Tehmina Saeed Chaudhry, Lead Consultant Cultural Heritage Management for Diamer Basha Dam Feryal Ali Gauhar, Former LCCI President Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman, Mian Muzaffar Ali, Sohail Lashari, Waki Durrani, Ahsen Akhtar, Ijaz Hussain, Sheikh Tariq Mahmood, Mian Abdul Razzaq, Javed Siddiqui, Ch. Khadam Hussain, Asia Sail Khan, Rehmatullah Javed and Aslam Chaudhry spoke on the occasion.
“We don’t want to tease you, we want to take business community on board with due honour and respect to evolve a joint strategy to cope with the environmental challenges”, Provincial Minister said.
She said that compliance to environmental standards is a prerequisite to do business with the developed world therefore the Environment Department is working tirelessly to educate the business community on these standards. She said that compliance with the environmental rules and regulations and standards would help enhance exports and poverty alleviation therefore we should join hands to achieve this goal. The minister said that unchecked discharge of untreated waste water into waterways could be a cause of pollution for canals and rivers, which could result in increase in diseases like cancer and hepatitis.
Zakia Shahnawaz said that the environmental issues were of prime importance therefore the industrialists particularly the export-oriented industry should tackle them on priority. She said that the Punjab government would extend every possible help to the industrial sector in this regard. She said that the government is encouraging the establishment of low-cost water treatment plants and plants to control carbon emission.
The LCCI President Abdul Basit said that Punjab Environment Protection Department should help business community and give awareness about the environment standards. He said that industrial areas should be marked and for water treatment plants. He said that industry cannot afford water treatment plants as they involve a very high cost therefore the government should come forward and put up water treatment plants in all the industrial areas. He said that environment friendly industries could easily get buyers at international markets. He also suggested that industrial units having environment compliant should be given exceptions in duties and taxes that would encourage other industries to implement environment-related rules and regulations.
Abdul Basit said that fast changing global economic scenario has provided us an opportunity to increase our exports to the desired levels but the desired goal cannot be achieved without having compliance with the international environmental standards.
Faryal Ali Gauhar said that as citizen of this country, each of us have to play role for environment protection. She said that deforestation is also one of the biggest reasons of environmental issues in Pakistan as they not only control the pollution. She said that deforestation in Pakistan has caused a rapid rise in the pollution level and distortion of natural order. She said that environmental issues could be handled with a positive approach and through public-private partnership. She said that government and public sector would have to join hands to tackle the environment related issues.
The LCCI Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa and Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan said that the Lahore Chamber is taking all possible measures to educate its members about the environmental standards in vogue the world over.
Tehmina Saeed Chaudhry said that environmental pollution is a common problem that demands joint approach. She said that environmental changes causing agriculture disasters, floods and drought therefore this issue should be taken very seriously.
Head of Human Resource Department Waki Durrani given a detailed presentation on environment of success and called for joint efforts.
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