by Cheng Xizhong
BEIJING, April 9 (China Economic Net) - Since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, he has attached great importance to people's livelihood and demonstrated his important vision of serving the people.
About the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly stressed that priority should be given to the development of livelihood projects so as to improve the well-being of ordinary people.
As for the fight against the novel coronavirus, the Prime Minister initially had some reservations about countrywide lockdown. He said if the cities were closed, tens of thousands of poor people who earn their living by daily income would starve to death.
With the increasing severity of the epidemic, the Pakistani government later had to decide to take strict measures to seal the cities, but Prime Minister Imran Khan has been making unremitting efforts to solve the problems faced by poor people and a series of measures have been taken to safeguard peoples' life.
Today, when I am browsing the news on Pakistani websites, I notice a piece of very good information, it said, according to the federal government's decision to create new jobs for daily income workers affected by the countrywide lockdown, the Forestry Department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province had decided to launch a three-month tree planting campaign, employing thousands of daily income workers.
I believe that the tree planting campaign will achieve the effect of “one arrow aiming at three eagles”, which means doing one thing to achieve three goals at the same time.
First, it will solve the livelihood problem of daily income workers who are unemployed due to the epidemic. It is reported that the federal government and provincial governments of Pakistan have formulated afforestation plans to plant 10 billion trees all over the country. Pakistan has a population of more than 200 million, which means an average of 50 trees per person. Therefore, this is a very big project. If other provinces all follow the example of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province and immediately launch the planting campaign, hundreds of thousands or even millions of jobs will be created.
Second, there are a large number of poor daily income workers in big cities. A large-scale tree planting campaign will lead a large number of daily income workers to leave the big cities, which may not only help them solve the employment problem, but also reduce the population pressure in the cities. Population evacuation is also conducive to controlling the epidemic spreading.
Third, I believe that large-scale tree planting in Pakistan is a green project of strategic significance. Pakistan is a country with limited water resources. Planting trees helps to increase green coverage, avoid soil erosion and enhance the ability to cope with natural disasters such as mudslides and landslides. At the same time, planting trees can purify the air, beautify the environment, and create a better living environment for all the people. In addition, by planting trees we can have huge economic benefits, and enhance the export of fruits, herbs, rubber and other products.
Cheng Xizhong, special commentator of China Economic Net, visiting professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, senior fellow of the Charhar Institute, former Defense Attache in South Asian countries, former UN Senior Military Observer.