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Punjab Government to Ink Cross-Border Pact with India Against Smog

The Punjab government announced its decision to engage in a bilateral agreement with India aimed at addressing the issue of smog, with a focus on improving air quality. Senior Minister Maryam Aurangzeb led discussions on strategies to combat air pollution, including a thorough examination of industrial contributions to emissions. Emphasizing the importance of grassroots measures, she underscored Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to tackling smog effectively.

A timeline of three months was set for the implementation and monitoring of emission control measures in industrial zones. Aurangzeb stressed the importance of preserving quality of life for all citizens and called for strict measures against polluters. Additionally, directives were issued to promote machine-based crop harvesting to prevent the harmful practice of crop burning.

In a move to raise awareness, a new app will be launched to support anti-smog campaigns. Furthermore, a ban on plastic bags will come into effect from June 6, aligning with the government’s environmental agenda. Industries adhering to international environmental standards will be recognized through the CM Green Office Awards.

Aurangzeb also directed the establishment of Environment Climate Change Councils in educational institutions to foster environmental awareness among students. Efforts are underway to manage hospital waste effectively.

In another development, Aurangzeb solicited a comprehensive plan from the Fisheries Department to enhance fish farming and trading, in line with the vision of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif. The plan aims to boost employment, income opportunities, and food security across the province. Consultations with international experts and local stakeholders will be conducted to ensure the adoption of best practices.

Notably, innovative projects such as the ‘Development of Shrimp Aquaculture in Saline and Brackish Areas Of Punjab’ underscore the government’s commitment to sustainable economic growth. Aurangzeb highlighted the potential for these initiatives to elevate income levels and unlock entrepreneurial opportunities, ultimately contributing to Punjab’s prosperity.

Overall, under the leadership of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the Punjab government is dedicated to implementing strategic measures to combat smog, promote environmental sustainability, and drive economic growth across various sectors, including fisheries.

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