Update: Murad Raas’s reaction to a Lahore high court order of 3 days’ holidays due to smog.
According to the sources, Murad Raas Minister of Education Punjab has denied giving 3 days’ holiday due to smog. He said that due to the December test being conducted in schools, he can not give holidays. However, he said that winter vacations can start earlier and can be more days as compared to the previous year.
Normally, Winter vacations start on the 20th or 22nd of December and school reopens on the 1st of January. But due to the smog and cold, these days can be changed.
Contineously increase in smog in the Province , and Punjab Government failure to contain smog , Lahore High Court shows serious concernes while hearing petitions against the prevailing smog in the Punjab.
During the hearing Lahore High Court bench hinted a three holidays in a week in all public and private schools and colleges in the Province.
LHC Judge , Justice Shahid Kareem said that it seems Punjab Government is not serious about enforcing strict measures to curb smog in the Province.
The bench also considered ordering a manadatory work from home ( WFH) for all private public organizations in the Punjab. The Lahore High Court is considering these meausres to prevent the citizens from the illness due to smog.
Justice Shahid instructed the lawyers to consult relevant provincial ministries regarding the closure of educational institutes and work form home for all organizations and inform the court on the next hearing.
LHC bench also emphasized that Punjab Government should take serious measures and hire International enviornmentalist to contain the smog situation in the Province. The smog issue is increasing by every years , and previous Government also dis not take important measures totacke with smog.
If the Government concernedd authorities and ministries agree upon LHC conisderations , then it is expected that there would be 3 days weekly holidays in all educational institutions across the Punjab and work from home policy will be implemented in public and private organizations.
Smog issue in Punjab is getting worst from the last fw years. The main causes of the somg is Nitrogen oxides from car exhaust ,coal power plants and crop burning by farmers. lahore is the main city in Pakistan effected heavily by smog in the country.