ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will be organising the ‘Margalla Tree Drive Session’ on June 27 with an aim to involve people from all walks of life in the plantation drive.

The open-house session will be held at the Jinnah Convention Centre from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday.

According to a statement, the decision was taken in a meeting chaired by CDA Chairman Mohammad Ali Randhawa and attended by environmentalist Rizwan Mehboob and senior officers of relevant formations.

Mr Randhawa directed that all stakeholders, including the corporate sector, volunteers, public and educational institutions, should be invited to the ‘Margalla Tree Drive Open House Session’ so that they could participate in the plantation campaign to be held in the first week of July.

In the open-house session, detailed discussion will be held on the remedial measures that should be taken to compensate for the damages caused by the recent fire on the Margalla Hills.

Bonus for sanitary workers

In line with the directives of Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, the CDA gave a reception in honour of sanitary workers who served on Eidul Azha and announced one month salary bonus for the staff.

The reception was attended by CDA Chairman Mohammad Ali Randhawa, IG Islamabad police, deputy commissioner, officers and a large number of sanitary workers who served on Eidul Azha.

Mr Naqvi congratulated the sanitary workers who made the ‘Zero Waste City’ operation a success.

On the instructions of the interior minister, an announcement was also made to give one month’s basic salary as bonus to the CDA workers who participated in the cleanliness operation.

The CDA chairman said for the first time, the prime minister congratulated everyone for their hard work and on the instructions of interior minister, an event was organised to encourage staff who remained in the field during Eid.

Speaking on the occasion, the deputy commissioner said for the first time in the history of Islamabad, the services of sanitary workers were appreciated.

The IG Islamabad said the CDA chairman deserved to be congratulated for highlighting the efforts of the unsung heroes.

The CDA sanitary workers said they were grateful to the interior minister for encouraging them for the first time.

Published in Dawn, June 23rd, 2024

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