OUR STAFF REPORTER NOORPUR THAL - The inhabitants of Thal, a backward Tehsil of District Khushab, have been facing a lot of problems. There is no clean drinking water in several villages while poor sanitation has been posing a great threat to the public life. During a survey TheNation learnt that living in a remote area can mean walking for hours to find water. Not only is this valuable time that could be used working in the fields or earning an income. It is also not necessarily the best source of clean water. The people of these areas demanded from government to facilitate them with water supply system. There is lack of vocational institutes in Thal, that is why there is unemployment and poverty. Talking to TheNation former Tehsil Nazim Noorpur Thal Malik Haji Syed Rasool Salehal said that basic skills could help poor people earn a livelihood, not just for themselves but for their entire families. He urged to government to establish vocational training centres on union council level in Thal. Learning a new skill promotes hope which gives people future. This might be technical training for farmers to help them improve crop yields, computer skills for women, or vocational training for the youngsters, he added. Malik Syed Rasool said that all these projects empowered people to lift themselves out of poverty. Healthcare and medicines are vital to help people in need. But the inhabitants of Thal are also deprived of these facilities. It is said that better health means less poverty because people, who are healthy, can work. It is also a fact that many remote parts of Thal do not have access to basic healthcare. Children do not get vaccinations they need to beat disease, antibiotics are expensive and hospitals lack basic equipment and facilities. Therefore, people die from treatable conditions because they have no access to or cannot afford medicine. Advocate Raja Muhammad Ashraf Hayat, Advocate Malik Shabbir Ahmad Hutar, former Nazim Union Council Pelowains Malik Muhammad Waris Jasra and Malik Haji Mushtaq Hussain Borana former member District Council demanded to Chief Minister Punjab to take action in this connection and provide healthcare and medicines to the people of Thal. Education is vital in helping to beat the poverty cycle in the world today but the educational institutions of Thal are also facing a lot of problems. There are many teaching staff posts lying vacant not only in boys and girls colleges but also in secondary, elementary and primary schools. The world micro credit/ microfinance now has become a buzzy-word among the development practitioners. Micro credit has been changing peoples lives and revitalizing communities since the beginning of trade. The people of Thal also urged the Punjab CM to launch such projects in this area and it should be interest free micro credit to help the needy persons to escape from poverty trap. Improvements in healthcare, nutritional advice and education can be sustained only when households have increased earnings and greater control over financial resources, they added. He said that the Punjab government had already issued strict instructions to Drug Inspectors not to show any leniency and slackness in this regard. The government will not allow anyone to exploit people, especially the people living in far-flung areas, he said and stressed the need for raising awareness among people to approach and visit qualified practitioners for their health problems. The DO-H said that all the healthcare centres in the district were fully functional and ample stock of medicines had been provided to these centres across District Rajanpur.