ISLAMABAD: PPP Members-elect of National Assembly from three Punjab divisions of Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan met Co-Chairman Senator Asif Ali Zardari in Zardari House here Tuesday morning as part of the consultative dialogue on the nomination for the office of prime minister and developmental projects that may be undertaken during the first hundred days of the PPP government. The meeting was the last in the series of consultative dialogue with the members-elect of the National Assembly.
The co-chairman briefed the members on the issues involved in the selection of PPP nominee for the office of prime minister and invited suggestions on the special developmental needs of their areas that were feasible and doable. The participants attending the meeting expressed their views on the nomination of prime minister and authorized the co-chairman to take appropriate decision in this regard in the best interest of the party and the country. The co-chairman thanked the participants for reposing confidence in him.
Following discussion on a host of issues the co-chairman said that the party would seriously consider reviving the five marla scheme first introduced by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto 37 years ago in fulfillment of the party’s manifesto to provide shelter to every one. The party co-chairman also condemned the sudden spurt in fertilizer prices and announced that a task force would be set up to find ways of importing cheaper fertilizer from abroad. The task force will hold meetings with the fertilizer producers, importers and traders to find ways to bring fertilizer prices down.
On a suggestion by Nazar Muhammad Gondal, MNA from Mandi Bahauddin the party co-chairman said that the PPP would launch a public debate on the practicability of waving off the loans advanced by landlords and kiln owners to their labour. Dilating upon the grave economic issues facing the country he said that it was important to lay bare the facts before the people. For this purpose he said the Party will hold discussions in the Parliament’s Committees that will be open to the media and the public and also telecast live.
The participants also noted that inflation had broken the back of the people and made suggestions for meeting the challenge. Senator Asif Zardari said that availability of water both for irrigation and drinking purposes was a serious problem and said that the party would tackle the issue on priority basis after forming the government. He said that the PPP had in mid nineties prepared a plan for building small dams and lining the water courses to overcome the water problem instead of the controversial big dams on which no consensus had yet been evolved. Tube wells will be sunk to overcome the scarcity of water in the affected areas, he said.-SANA