Chitral-the land of seminars, workshops, meetings

Chitral — Counting the many peculiarities of Chitral, it can be mentioned that it is a land of seminars, workshops and meetings. NGO’s hold seminars on regular basis in expensive hotels and after the “nishastan, guftan, barkhastan’ and praying “Allah Allah, Khairs Allah” they go their way. If seminars were to be the gauge for performance of NGOs, every NGO in Chitral would emerge an ace and a champion performer. However the actual situation on ground and that projected in seminars and presentations have a decent distance between them.

Guest speakers come from down country to attend/speak in the seminars and return home after enjoying the refreshing weather and sight seeing; but for whom the seminars are held, continue to suffer lack of basic amenities, vis a vis electricity crisis, potable water, health facilities being some to mention.

One erstwhile dissident from a leading NGO, speaking to CN said if all the money spent on NGO’s seminars, meetings and workshops since their inception was distributed among the people of Chitral individually, every Chitrali would have been a rich person and much better off than what he/she is today.

In Chitral, seminars and meetings are not sole propriety of NGOs only. Even petty politicians, organisations are also very fond of ‘poor man seminars’ called meetings, in their own capacity. Many a times meetings like seminars end as if it was an end in itself and was solution to the problem, as no follow up is seen after the seminar/meeting and the issue stands as it was. — CN report, 26 Aug 2016.

3 thoughts on “Chitral-the land of seminars, workshops, meetings

  1. Holding of seminars and workshops by the NGOs and other organizations in the city reflects the social activities of the people otherwise life will become dull because we almost remain idle except that of crops and cultivation season. We should not expect financial benefits from everyone. It is a beauty of the city, therefore, it should be viewed optimistically.

  2. I do not expect from a respectable online news like Chitralnews to oppose spread of knowledge, ideas, and information about best practices through seminars and workshops conducted by various organizations. The money spent on these seminars and workshop is far less than the value of knowledge and ideas shared and disseminated therein. It is because of these seminars and workshops that illiterate men and women from rural villages as well as urban and semi-urban towns have got valuable knowledge and ideas about the work they do. Let’s not discourage an activity that is worth ten time more than the money spent on it.

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