Provincial Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal has said that nations who spent resources on education have achieved their destination whereas those who did not pay attention to education lagged behind. Former corrupt rulers who installed exhibitory projects for their personal projection and corruption ignored education sector. Due to wrong priority of these rulers national economy have been ruined and problems of poverty and unemployment were created. Children are the hope our bright future, all out resources are available for their education. Destiny of the nation will be changed by imparting latest education to the younger generation. He expressed these views while addressing a prize distribution ceremony of Govt. Islamia Higher Secondary School yesterday. Provincial Minister distributed prizes and certificates among the position holders. A large number of teachers, students and their parents attended the ceremony. Provincial Minister also planted a sapling in the school. He said that priority of the government to facilitate the less privileged segments of the society. Ehsas programme worth billions of rupees is a big step towards setting up of a welfare state. The government has started a journey towards setting up of a welfare state by launching this exemplary programme. He said that such an economic and business oriented atmosphere is being created which will help to create new job opportunities. He said that shelter homes have set up for shelter-less persons of the society. Punjab government is spending 12 billion rupees for the provision of relief to the common man under the Ehsas Programme. Government is setting up new institutions of health, education and social sector in the province, the Minister concluded.
A high level meeting was held at Punjab House Rwp where Provincial Minister (Revenue) Malik Muhammad Anwar, Federal Minister (Aviation) and other parliamentarians were briefed about 02 mega projects of Rawalpindi city including Rawalpindi Ring-road and Lai Expressway by Commissioner Rawalpindi Capt ® Muhammad Mehmood. Sharing details of Rawalpindi Ring-road, Commissioner Rwp said that this project is not just the name of a road but it will surely be an economic corridor for the citizens of Rwp. He vowed that project will be initiated by this year and target has been set to complete it within 02 years. The road has a proposed length of 64.3 KM in total. Travel time from Tarnol to Rawat for cars is estimated to be 01 hr 14 min while more than 02 hours for trucks with an average speed of 50 km. he said that the proposed alignment generally avoids urban populations and settlements as it navigates on the outskirts of Twin Cities. It will enhance economic opportunity for the citizens and will also provide farmers with direct access to market. He further added that truck terminal will help to ease traffic congestion by reducing overlapping mixed transportation. It will host refreshment centres, workshops and parking facilities. Likewise, site allocation for residential schmes will hep to control the urban sprawl and also provide better opportunities for affordable housing. Landfill sites include site allocation for dumping and other solid waste management purposes; he said and added further that it will help to keep our city clean.
Provincial Minister (Revenue) Malik Muhammad Anwar said that Rawalpindi Ring-Road project will be mega project of our government and all public representatives whose constituency is being touched in this project will provide full assistance for said project. He assured that they play their part to make their people understand about the vitality of this project in long run Ghulam Sarwar khan said that this project will not only solve the issue of traffic congestion of twin cities but it will be a new face for Rawalpindi city as a whole. MPA while expressing their thoughts said that no undue delay in this project will be tolerated as it is the dire need of people of Rawalpindi. They said that once completed this project will bring relief for general public. Meeting was attended by Members Provincial Assembly Chaudry Adnan, Wasiq Qayyum, Haji Gulzar, Javiad Kouser, Chairman RDA Tariq Mutaza,DC Rwp Capt ® Anwar ul Haq, Director Development Nazia Sudhan, DG RDA Ammara Khan, ADC (Revenue) Shoaib Ali, AC (Saddar) Zahid Khan, AC (Revenue) Syed Sibteen Kazmi, Inam Minhas CEO ZEERAK and other concerned government officials.
The 8th International Lahore Literary Festival continues in full swing in the Lahore Arts Council which is the world-class cultural art centre. Thousands of youths attended the festival the second day. More than 25 seats were held in the second day of the festival. More than 100 speakers attending 63 seats on all three days. Executive Director Lahore Arts Council Alhamra Athar Ali Khan has said that the interaction of young people is welcomed with intellectuals from all over the world. All the resources are being brought in to make Alhamra arts council beautiful, delegates around the world feel happy to be here. Executive Director Lahore Arts Council Alhamra Athar Ali Khan added that a large number of people are coming to participate in dialogues of national and foreign scholars, writers and poets. Attending the festival is a testament to the youth's friendship. More than 25 sessions will be held on the second day of the LLF. The function of different books was held on the last day. Tabash, Adnan Baig, Ahmed Atta and Rehman Faris participated, a session was held regarding “Young Urdu Poet”.
Provincial Minister for Human Rights & Minority Affairs Ijaz Alam Augustine has said that resolve the problems of the common man at their doorstep was the core agenda of PTIs Government and also the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar. He said that the purpose of holding open court was to remove obstacles in the delivery of justice because the PTI government believes in merit while the elimination of corruption and culture of bribe are among the top priorities of our government. Minister said that the Government has empowered district administration so the problems of the people can be resolved without any discrimination while the doors of all public offices, including the Deputy Commissioner and DPO, have been opened for the public access without any interruption. He expressed these views on the occasion of holding an open court in DC office Sialkot. DC Sialkot Dr Nasir Mehmood Bashar informed to the provincial minister that a digital district management system has been launched at the district level to facilitate the immediate response of citizens' problems and according to transparency system a tracking number and receipt issued to the complainant. The provincial minister directed to administration to resolve the citizens' grievances on merit basis according to the agenda of PTI. Later on, the minister visited the convent school in Sialkot. School administration informed to the minister that the first Catholic school in the Punjab was the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Sialkot, which was opened at the request of the Archbishop of Agra, His Lordship, Msgr. Michael Angelo Jacobi. Msgr. Jacobi seeing the need for a good educational establishment for young girls, informed the Provincial Superioress of the Convent at Agra of his desires and invited her to open a foundation in Sialkot and extend the good works of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary already established in the United Provinces of Oudh and Agra. The minister said that the Government of the PTI is providing all basic facilities to all religious minorities and scholarships also being distributed among minorities, brilliant students. The government was willing to strengthen the education system in all over the province, he concluded.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has termed the Ehsaas Program as a valuable vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. This program is a giant leap towards poverty alleviation and the establishment of a welfare state. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of distribution of assets in deserving persons under Mera Karobar Meri Amdni of Ehsaas Program in Layyah. In his address delivered in Saraiki language, the chief minister announced to grant the status of tehsil to Chowk Sarwar Shaheed area of Muzaffargarh. He also announced to launch the Ehsaas Program in Punjab with an amount of Rs12 billion which will directly benefit 18 lac needy people and 64 lac people will be indirectly benefitted. 375 union councils of 23 districts have been chosen across the country including Layyah, DG Khan and Jhang districts of Punjab, he added. Giving assets to 260 needy persons has been started in 22 rural union councils of Layyah and the deserving persons will also be given retail shops’ material, rickshaws and pushcarts for earning their livelihood, he added. Similarly, the deserving rural population will be given cows and goats and needy females of rural areas have also been included in this beneficial program. 60 percent beneficiaries will be females and share of males will be 40 percent. Provision of resources for earning livelihood will usher in an era of prosperity in the villages, concluded the chief minister.