PM’s “Clean & Green Pakistan” campaign gets a boost from NBP

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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s campaign of “Clean and Green Pakistan” is increasingly been getting support from key national institutions – like National Bank of Pakistan. NBP 2nd Committee meeting for “NBP Green Pakistan Tree plantation Drive” was held at Governor house Peshawar.

The meeting was Chaired by Mr. Shah Farman Governor KP In presence of Mr. Shaukat Mehmood Group Head Service Quality group NBP HO Karachi, Ms. Saima Rahim RH (KP), Finance Minister Taimour Jhagra, Forest Minister Ishtiaq Urmar, Agriculture Minister Mohib Ullah, Secretary Agriculture Israr Ullah and other attended the meeting. In the first phase, NBP will plant tree preferably fruit trees at Regi Model Town, DHA, Hayatabad, Defence and Highways.

The National Bank of Pakistan is one such key national institution which has started to take part in the process as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

Later on, the drive will be extended to other areas of KP. Governor named the Drive “Fruit for All” at a provincial level. Moreover, Governor insured full cooperation at government level for Success of NBP Tree plantation Drive and advised all technical team to fully cooperate with NBP.

On October 8, 2018, PM Khan, while launching the countrywide ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ campaign, urged people from all social strata to make it a success by actively participating in it. “This campaign is for our future. Everyone has to partake in it,” the prime minister urged, lamenting: “Pakistan is a gift but unfortunately we haven’t paid attention to its beautification.”

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He vowed to make Pakistan a clean and green country by stretching the campaign to every part of the country. The cleanliness drive has three aspects, Mr. Khan explained and added the first aspect of the drive is spreading awareness among people, especially children, about the importance of sanitation and thus incorporate a lesson in this regard in school syllabus of grade-1 to 5.

Secondly, he said, the people of Pakistan, will be given awareness about dumping sites. He added his government will overcome challenges of load-shedding by generating electricity from trash. The prime minister said there will be contests regarding sanitation at tehsil level every two months and the official concerned would be rewarded or penalized on the basis of the state of cleanliness in their areas.

Pakistan is among the frontline states against Climate Change, it already is feeling the impact of the phenomenon through water shortages and recurring heat waves.

Emphasizing that the government alone cannot bring about change, PM Khan urged members of the civil society to complement the efforts of the government by creating necessary awareness about sanitation and environmental issues. The decision to launch a cleanliness drive across the country was taken during a meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) presided over the prime minister last month.

The PM’s bid for a clean and green Pakistan has since then been boosted by the participation of several companies in the process. The National Bank of Pakistan is one such key national institution which has started to take part in the process as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

The inclusion of NBP in the Clean and Green Pakistan campaign is a welcome sight as Pakistan is in dire need of all hands. NBP is one of the three largest banks in Pakistan – along with Habib Bank and UBL. State Bank requires these premier banking institutions to maintain larger reserves for stability.

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Pakistan is among the frontline states against Climate Change, it already is feeling the impact of the phenomenon through water shortages and recurring heat waves. Only through the response by key national institutions can the nation save itself from the debilitating effects of Climate change.

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