Provincial Industries & Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal met with industrialists, manufacturers and representatives of pharmacies at PBIT Office in which matters pertaining to scope of preparing protective masks at local level, their prices, provision of raw material, import of machinery and other matters were reviewed. Additional Secretary Industries & Trade Ashar Zaidi and officers of the department also attended the meeting. Mian Aslam Iqbal while addressing the participants on this occasion said that the spread of coronavirus can be curbed by adopting precautionary measures. He urged the masses to save themselves, their children, family members and friends by adopting precautionary measures. He disclosed that Punjab government is considering to declare mandatory the usage of masks across the province and in this case the provision of masks at reasonable rates will have to be ensured everywhere. He remarked that it is welcoming that manufactures are preparing masks at local level and government will extend all possible cooperation in order to improve their capacity to for prepare masks at local level. Aslam Iqbal assured them that he would talk with the federal government with regard to import of duty-free machinery for the purpose of preparing masks and fabrics. He underscored that it is a noble deed to save the lives of the masses and provide due facilitation in adopting precautionary measures. He exhorted the manufacturers to prepare masks to the maximum quantity and also ensure their availability in the markets at affordable rates. The Minister maintained that the future line of action will be framed in consultation with the manufacturers. On this occasion, the manufacturers apprised Mian Aslam Iqbal about problems relating to their capacity to prepare the masks in bulk capacity. The delegation members demanded that the government should grant them permission relating to availability of raw material and importing duty-free machinery for preparing masks. They further apprised the Minister of their capability and capacity to prepare masks on emergency basis. The participants of the delegation comprised Sheraz Khan Niazi from Sadaqat Ltd. Faisalabad, Maj. Waris from TEV PAK, Waleed Cheema from Challenge Apparrel, Zafar Iqbal Khokhar from Maqsood Textile and other manufacturers were also present during the meeting.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed that next financial year's budgetary priorities and development program be identified adding that it should be realistic in the wake of prevailing circumstances. He stated this while presiding over a meeting about the next financial year's budget at his office here on Monday. Chairman P&D and Secretary Finance briefed the participants about the upcoming budget and its ADP. The CM announced that more resources will be allocated for the health sector due to coronavirus pandemic adding that social sector development will be given importance. The education, transport, infrastructural development and provision of clean drinking water will be prioritised, he added. The CM emphasised the provincial government is fully committed to providing maximum relief to the common man. He directed that solid steps be taken to provide facilities to the general public and instead of hiding behind jugglery of figures, the real situation should be projected in the budget. Innovative steps should be introduced to boost economic activities in the province, he stressed. The chief minister directed to further curtail unnecessary expenditures adding that financial discipline and austerity policy be fully concentrated in the next budget. Meanwhile, promotion of public-private partnership based projects is the need of the hour and such projects be considered for the next ADP, he further said. Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Chief Secretary, Chairman P&D, ACS (Urbanisation) and others attended the meeting.
On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Punjab Minister for Industries and Trade Main Aslam lqbal met with representatives of Poultry Association in Lahore. Problems being faced by poultry association and prices of chicken were discussed during the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the Minister expressed his grave concerns over sale of chicken on above fixed price. He said that poultry association did not fulfill its commitment which is regrettable. He said that we will protect the interest of common man at any cost and not allow mafias to exploit the people. Chairman Poultry Association said that poultry industry is facing crisis situation as our cost production has increased. The meeting decided to make a mechanism which will safeguard interest of consumers.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar said that our each and every day is filled up with love and respect of parents. He remarked that success can only be achieved in the world and the world hereafter by serving and paying due respect to the parents. Parents bear the name of true spirit and honest relationship which has no substitute. CM complimented that excellent training imparted to him by his parents is a valuable asset for him. He maintained that “I have reached the present elevated position due to excellent education and training imparted to me by my parents”. My respected late father paid full attention on my excellent education and training and my respectable mother also provided me enlightened guidance on every occasion. CM in his message on the Global Parents Day said that parents relationship is pure and is above any need or affectation. CM outlined that great emphasis has been laid on the rights, respect and dignity of parents in the religion of Islam. The position of parents is like a torchbearer for the children and the beauty of this relationship lies in the manner in which they groom up and shape our personalities by putting in their untiring efforts, hard work and devotion, he added. He commended that parents inculcate in the personalities of their children the sterling qualities of sincerity, tolerance, sacrifice, love and affection. CM stressed that the purpose behind celebrating this day is to admit the respect, dignity and elevated stature of parents along with portraying their importance. The main purpose for celebrating this day is to project our sentiments of affection, thankfulness and love for the parents. CM further maintained that bowing before the parents by showing affection and respect towards them helps us to reach the pinnacle of glory and respect. No religion, nation, sect or humanity can deny the respect and dignity of parents, concluded CM Usman Buzdar.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar directed to undertake advance measures with regard to possible locust attack in mid June and July. He directed Agriculture Department and PDMA to closely monitor the situation and further directed to ascertain the cost of damage being incurred to the crops due to locust attack. He apprised that all possible steps are being taken in order to control the attack of locust and funds amounting to rupees one billion have been granted in order to eradicate locust and save the fields. Besides conducting aerial spray, spray is also being conducted through vehicles to save the fields. He outlined that ongoing steps are being taken up with continuity to control locust and spray has been conducted on more than seven lac 56 thousand acres of land. CM informed that the effective monitoring process of affected districts is ongoing and surveillance is also being conducted on daily basis to control the locust. Usman Buzdar directed concerned and allied departments to remain alert vigilantly in the current situation. CM disclosed that control rooms have been set up at divisional and district levels and the present situation is also being monitored 24/7. CM assured that all possible resources are being utilized in order to save the farmers from bearing losses.