LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif held a four-hour long video conference from London on Monday to review forthcoming budget and salient features of Annual Development Programme.
The Chief Minister while addressing the meeting through video conference, said that speedy development of the province and provision of basic amenities to the people was top priority of the government.
He said that like previous years, public welfare programmes of billions of rupees would be continued in future as well. He said that more funds compared to the past would be allocated for the provision of facilities in education, health and other social sectors.
He said that billions of rupees would be spent for the welfare of people during next financial year and special attention would be paid to the development of rural and backward areas.
He said that project of provision of clean drinking water to the citizens would be completed speedily, adding that every step of the government was directed towards prosperity of the people and development of the province. He said that transparency, standard and speed were hallmarks of the Punjab government.
He said the government was custodian of every penny of people and all resources were being utilized for the welfare of the people whereas billions of rupees saved in development projects were also being spent on public welfare projects.
The Chief Minister ordered officers concerned that Annual Development Programme should reflect public aspirations and ensure provision of basic amenities to the people at their doorsteps. He said that such development projects should be completed on priority basis during next fiscal to benefit maximum people.
He directed that ongoing public welfare schemes should be completed on priority basis so that people could be provided relief. He said that timely completion of public welfare schemes was utmost necessary. He said that special measures would be taken in the next budget for the development of education and health sectors and provision of basic amenities to the citizens.
He said that the funds of billions of rupees saved through curtailing non-developmental expenditure and policy of austerity were also being spent on the projects of provision of basic amenities to the masses. He said that austerity policy and reduction in non-development expenditure would be continued in future as well.
Shehbaz Sharif said that energy projects would be completed speedily due to which darkness would be removed from the country till 2018.
He said the Punjab government had taken revolutionary steps for the empowerment of youth, adding that thousands of youth had been made skillful through Skill Development Council and special steps would also be taken in the next budget for equipping lakhs of youth with vocational education.
The Chief Minister directed that due attention would be paid under Annual Development Programme for the progress and prosperity of masses and achievement of the targets of strengthening of economy.
He said that all departments should ensure completion of development projects within stipulated period and vigorous efforts should be made for achieving the targets fixed for this purpose.
The Chief Minister said that a new example had been set by saving billions of rupees in development schemes and this policy would be followed in future as well. He said that a big programme was continuing successfully for the provision of modern and dignified transport facilities to the citizens. He said that after success of metro bus service in Lahore and
Rawalpindi-Islamabad, metro bus project was in the final stages in Multan. He said that metro bus project had proved to be a milestone in infrastructure sector. He further said that work was also continuing speedily on splendid project of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train and its completion would change transport culture.
Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah from Commissioner Office Faisalabad, Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha from Punjab House Islamabad, Minister Zakat & Usher Malik Nadeem Kamran, MPA Mansha Ullah Butt, Sami Ullah Khan and concerned officials from Chief Minister’s Secretariat whereas Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafique, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development and concerned secretaries participated in the conference from civil secretariat through video link.- APP