Clean, Green Pakistan national campaign; MoCC ready to work with PTCL: Zartaj Gul

ISLAMABAD, Mar 26 (APP):State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Tuesday said Clean, Green Pakistan (CGP) is a national campaign and the Ministry of Climate Change is ready to work with Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).
Everyone from public, private sectors and civil society is coming up with a message to turn the country clean and green, she said.
The state minister expressed these views during the signing ceremony of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between MoCC and PTCL under which the national telecom company would collaborate in the Prime Minister’s Clean, Green Pakistan initiative.
Speaking at the occasion, Zartaj Gul said CGP was the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and he wanted to make the country greener, revive its depleting forest cover and ensure cleanliness for healthy vibes and ambience across the country. “We want your [PTCL (referring to private sector)] support as it’s a national and humanitarian cause and united we will achieve our goal,” she added.
She appreciated the proposals of PTCL in their MOU for cooperating in CGP project. PTCL was already working on various social welfare and service projects across the country which was appraisable. The company also had 3,000 volunteers associated with and were engaged in their public welfare endeavours, adding it would be helpful resource in amicably implementing the CGP programme, the state minister said.
She lauded the proposals by PTCL for plantation at Agha Shahi Avenue, Chand Tara junction and said another specific site in Lahore would also be provided to them.
“PTCL’S Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means its duty, however, we on government’s part intend to specify a CSR component for plantation,” she said.
Zartaj Gul while acknowledging the role and contributions of media said, “Our media has effectively reported the CGP and other environment friendly endeavours of the government. They are advocating and sending the message of clean and green Pakistan to every nook and corner of the society which is a great asset for us. I thank them for their cooperation and coordination in this regard.”
Chief Executive Officer, PTCL, Rashid Khan on the occasion briefed the participants about the strategy for collaboration in CGP programme. He said PTCL would run cleanliness and clean drinking water awareness campaign. It would also install water filtration plants and electric coolers in all of the major cities of the country and training of PTCL workers by MoCC.
Additional Secretary MoCC, Babar Hayat Tarar explained the multi-tier CGP programme and said that ranging from 10 Billion Tree Tsunami the project would focus solid waste management, solid-liquid waste management, clean drinking water and total hygiene. He said the ministry had scaled up efforts for abolition single time use plastic in the federal capital where MoCC had already banned it in its premises. We were also quickly moving to ban plastic in the Parliament house, PM office, presidency and then the federal secretariat, he added.