Newly-appointed Chief Secretary Punjab Zahid Akhtar Zaman assumed charge of his office here on Tuesday. Mr. Zahid Akhtar Zaman belongs to the 24th Common of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and has vast experience in the field of administration. Prior to his posting as the Chief Secretary Punjab, he was serving as Senior Member Board of Revenue.
Mr. Zahid Akhtar Zaman had held key positions in different federal and provincial departments including Additional Chief Secretary (South Punjab), Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare, and Director-General of Lahore Development Authority.
On the orders of the Ombudsman Punjab Maj (r) Azam Suleman Khan, the Punjab Benevolent Fund has released the long overdue educational scholarships, and farewell, marriage and burial grants worth Rs.31,40,240 to 59 applicants from various districts.
The spokesman of the Office of the Ombudsman Punjab reported this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
In a separate development, the local government & community development department (LG&CD) has devised and distributed new two-factor authentication-based standard operating procedures among all union councils to ensure the foolproof safety of public records and that public information cannot be illegally changed in government offices, the spokesman stated.
This step has been taken on the complaint of a Lahore-based woman who approached the ombudsman's office to declare the fake divorce certificate null and void. The Ombudsman Punjab took strict notice of it and directed the secretary local government & community development department to constitute an investigation committee and take concrete measures to secure the safety of public data and civil registration vital statistics, stored in the government system, cannot be illegally altered, the spokesman stated and added that the LG&CD department has informed the Office of the Ombudsman Punjab that two-factor authentication system has been introduced to further strengthen the government system.
Meanwhile, a high-level inquiry committee has proposed to the federal higher education commission that the irregularity of admissions in unapproved courses should be monitored. This step has been taken in response to the complaint of one Umar Yusuf of Gujranwala who approached the ombudsman office for the issuance of a DMLS degree, the spokesman noted.
Alongside this, the Narowal police have informed the ombudsman office that the one-year service of sub-inspector Ghulam Hydari has been forfeited for non-filing/delay in registration of the case. This action has been taken on the orders of the ombudsman office on a complaint of Muhammad Ahsan of Narowal, the spokesman said.
Similarly, the ombudsman office's involvement has led to the payment of 1,44,500 rupees as ten percent compensation for the loss of a vehicle's original file to Muhammad Zubair of Multan. Secretary Union Council Pindi Kalu has also been suspended under PEEDA Act, 2006 for issuing a duplicate birth certificate without a record, concluded the spokesman.
Under the chairmanship of Secretary Health Punjab Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi, an important meeting related to the sehat sahulat Program was held in his office. Special Secretary Syed Wajid Ali Shah, Additional Secretary Shahida Farrukh, Additional Secretary Agha Nabeel, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, CEO Health Initiative Management Company Dr. Ali Razzaq, COO Shamshad Ali Khan, Hasnat and Mian Muneeb participated. Punjab Health Secretary Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi reviewed the sehat sahulat Program and measured to impanel more hospitals for the convenience of patients during the meeting. CEO Punjab Health Initiative Management Company Dr. Ali Razaq and concerned officers gave a detailed briefing to Secretary Health in this regard. Provincial Health Secretary Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi said that we want to provide maximum facilities to the people of Punjab through the sehat sahulat Program. The statistics related to the Health Facilitation Card are very encouraging. 97% of the people of Punjab are satisfied with the service of the Health Cards. Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi said that according to the statistics, Punjab More than 33 lacs people have availed free treatment facility through Health Cards. So far, the people of Punjab have received the facility of free treatment worth more than 72 billion rupees. More than 70 thousand beds have been increased in empaneled public and private hospitals for the treatment of the people of Punjab through the health cards. The people of Punjab are getting free treatment facilities from 827 government and private hospitals through the Health Cards and the people of Punjab are getting free treatment facilities from 193 government and 634 private hospitals through the Health Cards. More than 7 lacs and 66 thousands people have received free dialysis and more than 76 thousand people have got the facility of free coronary angiography through health cards. So far in Punjab more than 88 thousand 800 women have had normal delivery and more than 3 lakh 44 thousand women have got the facility of free cesarean operation and more than 47 thousand 700 People have done free hernia operations through health cards. Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi said that more than 51 thousand 400 people have so far taken the facility of chemotherapy in Punjab. More than 40 thousand people have got free facility of angioplasty through health cards. So far more than 245 thousands 700 people have undergone free eye surgery across the province and so far more than one and a half lakh. Heart patients have undergone free operations. So far, more than one lac cancer patients have received free treatment facilities in Punjab, and more than 735,000 kidney patients have received free treatment and treatment facilities. We are trying to provide free treatment facilities to the people of Punjab as much as possible. Cyberknife treatment facilities are also being provided to cancer patients through health cards.
Secretary Industries and Commerce Punjab Lt. (Rtd) Sohail Ashraf visited the industrial Estates Allama Iqbal Industrial City and M3 Industrial Estate of the Faisalabad Industrial Estate and Development Management Company and inspected the development works. CEO FIEDMC Muhammad Tanveer Jabbar gave a briefing regarding the construction of a grid station and other development works, including the construction of the boundary wall of M3 Allama Iqbal Industrial City, effluent treatment plant, one-window facility, and Rescue 1122 facility. The Secretary of Industries and Commerce Sohail Ashraf expressed his satisfaction over the speed of development works and said that the government will provide full support to run the affairs of FIEDMC and that the company should carry out all its affairs in a transparent manner.
The Secretary later visited the head office of FIEDMC and reviewed the issues of Special Economic Zones in a meeting held there. Chairman FIEDMC Wasim Afzal gave a detailed briefing about the industrial units set up in the industrial Estates. Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad also attended the meeting. Secretary Industries and Commerce Sohail Ashraf, while addressing the meeting said that Special Economic Zones are engines of economic development and all possible facilities are being provided here to the local and foreign investors. World-class industrial infrastructure is provided in the Special Economic Zones. Secretary Industries and Commerce directed to speed up the pace of development work in industrial centers.
During the meeting, the Secretary also took stock of void plots, prices of plots, pending dues by the industries, and provision of electricity and gas and other ancillary facilities.