SIALKOT-The University of Gujrat (UoG) Sialkot Campus organised a drama on the miseries of the working women in Southern Punjab.

The artists gave fabulous performance by highlighting the miseries of the South Punjab’s working women especially the women indulged in cotton flowers picking, their social, economic, financial problems and exploitation of their rights by various segments of life.

The main theme of play “Chog Kusunbhey Di” (the picking and plucking of Kusunbhara) was taken from Sufi Poet Bhulley Shah’s Kaafi “Haari Ni Mein Kusunbhara Chun Chun Haari Ni”. Sangat Lahore Group’s artists gave 90 minute non-stop performance and they won the hearts of the audience.

The auditorium at UoG Sialkot was echoed with big clapping for the artists who successfully raised the miseries, issues, social and financial exploitation and denial of the basic rights of the working women.

On the occasion, Kaleem Raza, director students services at UoG Sialkot Campus, told the audience that Kusunbhara is a red coloured flower which is used in colouring and dying the cloths still in various parts of the South Punjab. Raza added that the women workers pluck Kusunbhara from the fields but several segments of this society including government departments exploit the rights of these women workers by paying them very less prices and levying the unjustified taxes on them.

Miss Huma said that the situation was becoming critical day by day due to which the women workers, especially women working in the fields, are becoming disheartened.

Rehan Younas, chief executive of UoG, said that the working women are presenting the complete picture of the stanza of Bhulhay Shah’s poem. He said that they were facing the cruelty from everywhere and every segment of the society was directly or indirectly responsible for the exploitation.

Faisal Manzur, Chairman of UoG Campus, highly hailed the performance and he termed it amazing and marvellous. He announced to establish a Dramatic Society at UoG Campus in collaboration with Sangat Lahore Group for promotion of cultural activities in Sialkot region.

The Sialkot audience including local literary, dramatic and cultural circles expressed complete solidarity with the under privileged working women of South Punjab and pledged to make efforts for giving respectable, prestigious status to the women workers, especially the women working in the fields.

Assistant Commissioner Meesam Abbas, Additional Collector Customs Faiz Ali, DSP Waseem Akhtar, DSP Maqsud Ahmed and others also attended the event.

ANTI-DENGUE DRIVE SPED UP

Eighty-one teams of Health Department have started visiting graveyards including Imam Sahib Graveyard and Baba Rakku Pat Graveyard in a bid to search and eradicate dengue larva.

The teams were checking water and food pots kept there for the birds as well for dengue larva detection. DCO Dr Asif Tufail and EDO (Health) Sialkot Dr Javaid Warraich jointly led and supervised this operation. The EDO said that the special directions have been displayed in all the cemeteries to help out in searching the dengue larva.

WHEAT PROCURED: The Food Department has purchased 216,541 bags of wheat from the growers at five procurement centres established in Narowal district.

Talking to growers at Narowal during his visit to the centres, a government officer hoped that the food department would achieve its official target of 41,000 metric tons of wheat in Narowal district till May 31, 2016.