Vance Brand, Managing Director of the US Development Loan Fund (DLF), talks with villagers at Sukheke, where the first 127 of these 1,800 tubewells sunk by WAPDA were dedicated by Mr. Brand last November. The DLF advanced WAPDA a $15,200,000 loan to sink the tubewells in Rechna Doab, in which Sukheke is located. American government agencies and experts are helping West Pakistan fight the creeping blight of “thur” and “sem.” Since 1952, about Rs. 47 crore in US loans and grants have gone into an American-Pakistani water and power development project, helping finance extensive ground water investigations, installation of 1,800 tubewells by WAPDA in the Punjab, and erection of power distribution facilities to electrify the tubewells.