ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee for Climate Change on Wednesday expressed concerned over regular eruption of fire on Margalla Hills and asked the department concerned to submit a request for required equipment to the standing committee.
The Senate standing meeting was held under the chair of Sitara Ayaz at the Conference Hall of Parliament Lodges.
The meeting discussed over affects of climate change, climate ministry budget, the problems confronting by the department, global warming and other related issues. Besides, the committee also took a detailed briefing on the fire erupted on the Margalla Hills.
While briefing the committee, the Standing committee Secretary and additional secretary informed that Pakistan is included in the list of top 10 countries which are under the shadow of climate change. It was informed the meeting that the ministry of climate changes will be devolved to the provinces after 18 amendments and it name has been announced as National Disaster Management.
The meeting was informed that the department has total 192 employees, including 54 grade-17 officers. The department’s annual budget 2017-2018 was Rs162 million. The department’s current budget is Rs175 million. The meeting was further informed that the basic responsibilities of the department are environmental protection, control on pollution, protection of forests and wildlife etc.
Besides, signing of accords with other countries on climate issues, ensuring their implementation and monitoring are some other obligations which the department has to fulfill. The department has three sub-departments included Pakistan environmental protection, Zoological survey of Pakistan, and Global change impact studies centre.
The meeting was informed that the department has 14 accords with states across the world. The meeting was further informed that as many as Rs802 million has been allocated for PSDP projects for the fiscal year 2018-2019. The standing committee was informed that a summary of Climate Change Authority Act 2017 has been dispatched but its approval is yet to take.
The department has Rs4.7 billion projects under Green Pakistan project, adding that over 100 million saplings would be planted in four years. The meeting was further informed that more than 50 million saplings have been planted so far.
The meeting was informed that the department has allocated $37 million for Green Pakistan programme and under this allocated fund, 250 small dams, lakes, and spillways would be constructed. The meeting was informed that more than 600 representatives from 0ver 200 countries attended the conference on claimant change held in Pakistan.