NA committee on climate change to go ‘Paper Free’

01:04 AM | 20 Apr, 2019
NA committee on climate change to go ‘Paper Free’
ISLAMABAD - National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change Chairperson Friday directed the ministry of climate change (MoCC) to provide reports of the committee’s meeting agenda through email in order to shun paper printing at large causing deforestation.

Chairperson, National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change Munaza Hassan realizing the gruesome impacts of heavy paper usage during committee meetings on the environment made these directives to conserve forest cover.

She had presided over the committee meeting and expressed her resentment over late provision of the reports pertaining to implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee.

Munaza Hassan also expressed her concerns on no report issued by the Forest Department on its joint research on Sheesham Dieback disease where it was destroying its species.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Forest Raja Muhammad Omer informed the chair that a national training workshop was organized for all relevant stakeholders in this regard where all the provincial departments had reported significant improvement in Sheesham tree growth and seed quality.

The chair, however instructed DIG Forest to submit a comprehensive report in this regard.

The Secretary MoCC Hassan Nasir Jamy briefed the committee on the ministry’s plan for implementing ban on plastic bags. He said it was a comprehensive mechanism where the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) 2013 had been amended and was awaited for final launch.

“We have made all preparations to ban plastic bags in the federal capital. We will announce the final date for plastic bag’s prohibition within 2-3 weeks. The provinces will replicate the model to get rid of plastic bags which are the creating a mess everywhere. There have been detailed consultations with the provincial departments on this matter and all parties have agreed on uniform action against plastic bag proliferation,” he added.

Additional Secretary MoCC, Babar Hayat Tarar explained that once the ban would be imposed within a time fame of 2-3 months the ministry would manage to ensure provision of thick plastic bags of 45 macrons.

He said the Polypropylene and potato starch bags were biodegradable and possible alternates to plastic bag. Every producer of plastic bags would have to give disposal plan whereas later on the 45 macrons plastic bag would also be phased out.

While briefing on the surveys conducted on Markhor preservation and other endangered wildlife species the committee chair showed her distress as chief conservator wildlife Mian Muhammad Shafique informed that the report on the survey was pending.

Joint Secretary MoCC Suleman Khan said that there was no standardization of surveys in Pakistan which needs to be certified.

“The available surveys are not reliable whereas we have Zoological Survey of Pakistan (ZSP) and are evaluating the system for certified surveys. There has been realistic increase in the number of Markhor species but still credible data is required. We have pressure at the global end to increase the quota of 12 Markhors per year quota but we have declined it until proper survey is conducted,” he added.

Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) - Pakistan's Premier News Agency


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 14 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 14, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25  303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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