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Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh. Salman Rafiq has said that increasing number of patients in government hospitals is the proof of public confidence on the medical facilities, which are being extended in the state run hospitals. He said that additional doctors and paramedical staff, would be provided to such hospitals for efficient provision of medical cover to the patients.

He stated this while chairing a meeting in the office of Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Punjab here today. The meeting reviewed the human resource requirements of Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Muridke, Dialysis Centre, Muridke, THQ Hospital Raiwind, Rana Abdul Rahim Hospital Sodiwal and Govt. Samanabad Hospital. Besides, Secretary P&SH Ali Jan Khan, Additional Secretary Admin Dr. Adnan Zafar, Additional Secretary Development Dr. Faisal Zahoor and Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Muhammad Asim attended the meeting. The meeting gave approval to provide additional staff to the said hospitals, which included gynecologist, medical officers, women medical officers, ENT surgeon, charge nurses, operation theater attendants, laboratory and X-rays technicians, Lady Health Visitors, ward boys and “Ayas”. Kh. Salman Rafiq said that by providing additional staff to these hospitals, waiting time of the patients would be reduced and better health facilities would also be available to the patients. The meeting approved provision of 26 posts to the THQ Hospital Muridke which included gynecologist, anesthetist and charge nurses, similarly, 36 posts approved for THQ Hospital Raiwind, 18 posts for Dialysis Center, Muridke, 3 for the Sodiwal Hospital 20 posts for Govt. Samanabad Hospital, Lahore. These posts included Medical Officers, WMO, laboratory and X-rays technicians and charge nurses.


Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed has said that Punjab government is taking every possible step to provide maximum financial relief to the farmers. He said that government has decided to withheld collection of agriculture income tax from the farmers. The decision was taken on the complains of farmers across the Punjab regarding complicated procedure of collection of agriculture income tax. He said that direction in this regard has been issued to all field officers and Assistant Commissioners of Revenue.

He expressed these views while talking to the delegation of farmers here today. He said that government has taken serious step to provide relief and increase of agriculture production. The Minister said that Kisan Package of 100 billion will provide interest-free loan to five lakh farmers which helps to diminish the role of middle-man. The Minister stated that the registration of farmers regarding loans will continue till 15 November but the government will start distribution of loans soon. The Minister directed all the field officers to ensure the implementation of notification regarding decision of withheld of agriculture income tax. The representative of farmers paid tributes to Punjab government and Minister Agriculture for their special efforts regarding agriculture income tax. They said that it will help all farmers across the province to minimize production cost and provide financial relief.


Provincial Minister for Human Rights & Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that Pakistani nation is united on the war against terrorism. He said that government has adopted comprehensive policy to fight against extremism and to eradicate sick minded approach from the society. He said that Punjab government is fully implementing National Action Plan at Provincial level. He said that it is need of the hour to promote positive image of Pakistan among international community through promotion of culture and trade. He said that martyrs of Quetta attack is the pride of the nation.

He expressed these views while meeting with the Ambassador of Norway His Excellency Tore Nedrebo here today. He said that Pakistan and Norway has friendly bilateral relations, in Punjab various projects regarding culture and archeology is underway with the collaboration of Norway. He said that Human Rights & Minorities Department is working to ensure protection of minorities’ rights in the province. A provincial task force on human rights has also been established in this regard. Minister said that it is very necessary to eradicate intolerance and stereotyping from the society by promoting interfaith harmony. Khalil Tahir Sandhu said that Pakistan has already bore huge sacrifices on war against terrorism, international community should respect the stance of Pakistan towards terrorism. The Ambassador of Norway said that Norway is the second big investor in Pakistan after China. He said that his country is ready to provide all possible cooperation for the prosperity and better future of Pakistan. In the meeting matters of mutual interest and issues related to minorities were also discussed.  


Provincial Minister for Finance, Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha presided over the first meeting of steering committee of Punjab Small Industry Corporation at Civil Secretariat. Minister for Industries & Trade Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique, Chief Administrator Punjab Investment Board Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, Secretary Industry Khalid Sherdil, Managing Director Punjab Small Industries besides concerned officers of TEVTA, Agriculture, Finance, Planning & Development and Information Technology Board were present on the occasion. The aim of the meeting was to evolve a strategy for the promotion of small and medium level enterprises in collaboration with Turk company KOSGEB and Punjab government in the province.

Giving a briefing, Secretary Industries informed that during the visit of Chief Minister Punjab to Turkey, President KOSGEB especially met him and expressed interest in work for SMEs development in Punjab. The Chief Minister accepted and assured complete cooperation in this regard. A delegation of KOSGEB visited Pakistan in March 2016 and signed a MoU with Small Industries Corporation after workshops with SMEDA, Punjab Small Industries Corporation, TEVTA, Punjab Vocational Training Center, Punjab Board of Investment and Trade Departments. According to MoU, Turk company will provide its services for the provision of information, training and resources relating to young entrepreneur business with the cooperation of all institutions in Punjab. The committee constituted by Chief Minister has sent its summary for approval. Managing Director Punjab Small Industries Corporation apprised the meeting of strategy evolved for small and medium enterprises. He told the participants that corporation with the assistance of KOSGEB has divided this programme into three pillars which include entrepreneur training programme, setting up of business information centers and credit support programme. Under this programme, 9000 entrepreneurs will be trained, more than 14000 will be provided financial assistance and 1440 centers would be set up within next three years. Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha appreciated the efforts of Punjab Small Industries Corporation and KOSGEB for the promotion of SMEs. She directed them to prepare PC-I of the project and ensure e-monitoring of the programme and move forward with the consultation of all concerned departments including Punjab IT Board, Livestock and Agriculture. She said that strengthening of economy is impossible without promotion of SMEs but unfortunately, this sector is the most neglected one. However, now work has been started on this project, she added. She expressed the hope that with the personal interest of Chief Minister Punjab, the target of growth rate will be achieved by creating facilities for small and medium level enterprises in the province.


The Punjab Assembly has unanimously approved amendments in Provincial Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965. Senior Member Special Monitoring Unit on Law & Order Salman Sufi informed that two bills pertaining to reforms were presented in the Assembly for the final vote today. He said that Chief Minister had approved in principle these amendments suggested by SMU in March 2015. According to amendments in Provincial Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965, registration book in Punjab will be replaced with Automotive Registration Card (ARC). Similarly, vehicles kept in another province for a period exceeding 120 days would have to reregister with the concerned Motor Registering Authority. Moreover, at the time of vehicle transfer, the transferor (Original Owner) will remove the license plate for the motor vehicle and the buyer will have to get a new license plate and a certificate of registration. Under the second amendment, official number plates issued by the government have been made mandatory while fabrication of plates has been declared cognizable offense. Manufacture of fake number plates shall be imprisoned with a term which may extended to one year but which shall not be less than seven days and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees. Similarly, the violator shall be imprisoned with a term may extend to two years but which shall not be less than 15 days and with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees but which shall not be less than thirty thousand rupees.