Yarkhunites loose total
The people of Yarkhun have been facing lots of problems for the
past one year. Their lands and properties have been destroyed by
floods. Their crops and fruits have been ruined by rains.
Irrigation channel, link roads, and bridges have been badly
MPA Haji Ghulam Muhammad visited the area, twice and managed
provision of wheat in the area. Yarkhun Road, up to village
Pawur, was also repaired under his instructions. The people
appreciate his services and hope that he will attend to their
miseries and issues, caused by the rains and floods of this
Yarkhun is a one crop zone. People cultivate wheat, maize and
barley once a year. The grain product of their own land is
hardly sufficient for six months. The people need to buy wheat
and other commodities of daily use for the rest of six months.
This year they collected only one third of their usual product
which is germinated and unhygienic as well. Majority of the
people have no other source of income except fruits which they
sell and get money to buy their other food requirements and this
year their purchasing power has gone down to zero.
It will not be out of context if I tell that fodder for their
live stock has also become hazardous for the domestic animals.
So the destruction of fruits and crops has given a very serious
set back to the economy of these poor people, who deserve
sufficient aid from the government and the NGOs.
Another general complaint of Yarkhunites is unjust distribution
of ‘Watan Cards’ and fund of ‘Benazir Support Program’. The
deserving people have been deprived while the underserved ones
have been benefited. Similarly, the flood affectees are still
awaiting aid from the government.
The poor people of Yarkhun are in need of immediate attention of
the Federal and Provincial Governments and non government
organizations to resolve the above mentioned issues without
further waste of time, so that, they could have sufficient
provision of food stuff before the snowfall..
--Zubeda Sirang Aseer, AKU Medical
College, Karachi, 23 Nov 2010).
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