Population Welfare Department to increase activity in rural areas

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Farmers cast urea fertilizer in a rice plantation on the expropriated and now redistributed farm of El Charcote in the central state of Cojedes October 14, 2010. El Charcote became a symbol of Chavez's socialist revolution when he sent soldiers to seize it in a 2005 push to break up major ranches and repopulate rural areas largely abandoned since Venezuela's oil industry took off in the 1920s. The government recently bought the last 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of land on the farm, a vast cattle ranch that until 2005 belonged to one of Britain's wealthiest families, the Vesteys, and 130,000 cattle, part of a new drive by Chavez to increase state control of food in South America's top oil producer. Picture taken October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE)

Sindh Minister for Population Welfare Department Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani has directed the department secretary to oversee an increase of department activity in rural areas of the province so that the residents of such areas could also benefit from the department’s services, according to a statement issued here on Tuesday.

“Rural women deserve more of our services as compared to urban areas, as women of rural areas lack information and awareness,” the minister said.

The minister issued these directives while presiding over a department meeting.

Secretary Laeeq Ahmed briefed the minister about the performance of the department and the measures taken to achieve the set goals.

According to the secretary, the department is heading towards its targets fixed in the international project FP2020 at a good pace.

He informed the meeting that the Population Welfare Department has increased its budget for the purchase of medicines and for the provision of better services.