Govt serious to protect Houbara Bastard species: Mushahidullah

APP40-18 ISLAMABAD: January 18 - Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan chairing the Inter Provincial Meeting on Houbara Bustard and Migratory Birds Endowment Fund. APP

ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (APP):Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan Thursday chaired the second meeting of Houbara Bustard Endowment Fund and Migratory Birds here and discussed the financial rules.
Talking to provincial representatives, he said the present government was serious to protect Houbara Bastard species in Pakistan. The creation of this fund was proof of solid efforts, a press release said.
All provinces needed to work together to spend this money in right directions.
The participants discussed the financial rules that were set to get approval from the board. However many technical issues were pointed out in the financial rules.
The mechanism of distribution of funds was missing in the rules.
The terminologies used in the document were not defined. It was also pointed out during meeting that third party validation was required to check the number of migratory birds in a particular province.
The matter of appointment of fund manager was also discussed.
A sub-committee was formulated to resolve all technical issues in the rules.
Mushahidullah Khan said he would nominate people from media persons and private sector in next meeting as board member under his powers.
He also instructed to eliminate all technical issues in the financial rules and present a complete document in next meeting.
The meeting was attended by Romeena Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Climate Change Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Khizer Hayat, Inspector General Forest Syed Mehmood Nasir , Chief Conservator Umeed Khalid representatives provincial wildlife departments.