LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the PML-N government’s policy revolved around the maintenance of standard, transparency, and speedy completion of development schemes and promotion of a corruption-free culture in the province. The PML-N has spent billions of rupees on the development of the country and provision of basic amenities to the masses during the past five years, he said during a meeting with the parliamentarians who called on him here Sunday.
The Punjab Chief Minister said every penny of public was being spent on the welfare of the people.
He said that thousands of poor families had benefitted from the welfare projects and such schemes would continue in future, adding that public service is a worship and the PML-N has set new standards and honoured all promises with masses.
Shahbaz said that Punjab would be made a model province through honesty, hardwork and public service, saying metro bus projects will be started in Multan, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi.
With reference to the historic approbation of Lahore metro bus project home and abroad, Shahbaz Sharif said Lahore metro bus project is an excellent example of utilization of national resources for the people.
He said that modern infrastructure plays a key role in rapid economic activity, adding that a hefty sum of Rs 91 billion were being spent for infrastructure development. He said more than Rs 29 billion would be spent on the construction of new roads during the current fiscal year to lay a network of roads, bridges and underpasses in the province.
The Punjab Chief Minister said that billions of rupees are also being spent on the provision of infrastructure and facilities in Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and other major cities besides the provincial metropolis.
“Keeping upto its tradition of development projects for the less-developed areas like the Southern Punjab without consideration to the population ratio, PML-N is spending Rs. 93 billion on the uplift of Southern Punjab which is 32 percent of the provincial development budget”, Shahbaz said.
He said projects like mobile health units, Daanish schools and new hospitals have been started in south Punjab on priority basis. He said that process of provision of missing facilities in all schools of south Punjab will be completed during the current fiscal year.
He said that effective measures have been adopted for the development of industrial sector in the province and maximum resources are being utilized for the provision of energy to the industrial sector and ridding the people of load-shedding.
The elected representatives apprised the Chief Minister of the pace of development and welfare programmes in their respective constituencies.
The Chief Minister directed Assembly Members to maintain close contact with the masses and inform them of welfare programmes of the government. He said that Assembly Members should play an effective role for ensuring timely and transparent completion of development schemes.