Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired a meeting at his office on Wednesday to review progress on the development projects in the province. Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, chief secretary, chairman planning & development and others attended the meeting. Secretary Finance briefed that the tax collection ratio has increased up to 7 per cent as compared with the previous year as taxes worth Rs.1047 billion were collected till January 2021 and development funds worth Rs.191 billion were also issued. The CM directed to complete the ongoing schemes according to their stipulated period and asked the administrative secretaries to personally review progress on development schemes. Timely completion saves resources and facilitates the citizens, he maintained and made it clear that any delay will not be tolerated. The CM emphasised that an effective monitoring system is imperative for timely utilization of funds, adding that the ADP target will be achieved at every cost. “I will soon visit the P&D department to review progress made on the annual development programme”, he disclosed. The chief minister directed to take every possible step to ensure financial discipline and directed to adopt out-of-box solutions to curtail recurring expenditures. Similarly, more and more funds should be allocated for public welfare schemes, he added.
The new e-abyana system will benefit more than 84 lac farmers while paving the way to good governance in the revenue system. This was stated by Provincial Revenue Minister Malik Muhammad Anwar while talking to a 6-member delegation of farmers at his office on Tuesday. The minister maintained that the digitalization of the revenue system will wholly revolutionize the revenue system as it would overcome the menace of maladministration while promoting transparency and efficiency. It will also streamline abyana collection in the province, he added. Giving the details, the minister said that the e-abyana system was being introduced in the Khanewal canal division, Layyah canal division, Sheikhupura canal division and Kasur canal division in the first phase. The farmers will be provided with their abyana details through an SMS and the abyana amount can be deposited to the government through Easypaisa or a bank. The minister maintained the new e-abyana system will overcome the problems being faced in the archaic revenue system spanning over a hundred years. The minister hoped that the new e-abyana system will overcome different problems and the updated database will also help the government in policy formulation, concluded the minister.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said here on Tuesday that Punjab had fought the battle against the Corona Pandemic very effectively. The Health Minister was speaking as chief guest at an awareness seminar “Safe Campuses, Role of Stakeholders in Students Health Safety” organized with Unicef support at a local hotel. Present on the occasion were Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir Hamayun, Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Captain (Retd) Usman Younis, Director General Health Services Punjab Dr. Haroon Jehangir, Secretary School Education Sara Aslam, Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University Professor Dr. Khalid Masood Gondal, Vice Chancellor Govt. College University Professor Dr. Asghar Zaidi, religious scholars, professors, doctors and a large number of government servants. Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Captain (Retd) Usman Younis in his opening speech apprised the participants of the purpose and objectives of the event. Dr. Yasmin Rashid said, “The Punjab government has handled this pandemic very effectively under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. “Govt of the Punjab has spent over Rs. 14 billion on the Corona Pandemic. Punjab set up 19 BSL3 Labs in Punjab. Only a day earlier, the Cabinet decided to set up another four BSL-3 Labs. Diagnosis facility is central to fighting a Pandemic. Punjab is providing free treatment to COVID-19 patients. Although we have lost many precious lives, yet the overall the mortality rate in Punjab remained much less as compared to other parts of the world”, she added. Vaccine for 15 million population will soon be arrived with support of Covex. The purpose of today’s seminars is to save our children from Pandemic. Parents are sending children to schools after having full faith on the school administration. Health and Education departments are working jointly to save children from COVID-19. Majority of Pakistan’s population comprises youth.” The Health Minister further said, “It is responsibility of the school administrations to make the campuses safe. The Health department is ready to provide all-out support to the School Education Department”. Teachers must ensure that children wear masks and wash their hands regularly. By following the SOPs in letter and spirit we can stop transmission by up to 90 per cent. In Punjab public sector hospitals, a lot of patients are recovering on daily basis. Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Hamayun said that the hard work of the health department enabled Punjab to reopen schools and all SOPs are being strictly implemented.
Provincial Minister for Law and Cooperatives Raja Basharat has said that the Punjab government wants to ensure the provision of health cards to every family this year, which is an important step towards Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision for the state of Madina. He was addressing a meeting at the Chief Minister's House under his chairmanship on Tuesday. Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Javan Bakht, Chairman P&D, Secretary Specialized Health, Finance Secretary, Law Secretary and other officials were also present on the occasion. The meeting considered various models for providing free health insurance to every family in Punjab. Raja Basharat further said that according to the plan, health insurance of up to Rs. 1 million would be provided to each family. He said that under this program, Sahiwal and DG Khan till April and all citizens of other divisions till December would be facilitated. The Law Minister said that this is a huge welfare scheme which would benefit every person of the province and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was taking personal interest in its success. He urged the concerned agencies to take into account the usefulness and analysis of such previous agreements while concluding a new one. Meanwhile, the Finance Minister said that the Department of Health should sign a contract with the concerned agency for health insurance for at least three years so that the scheme would be able to work on a sustainable basis. The Secretary Specialized Health said in the briefing that last year, out of 5.2 million registered people in the province, 136,000 benefited from the health card.
Chairman Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Malik Amjad Ali Noon called on Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office on Tuesday to apprise about different matters and the proposed cleanliness system. He thanked the CM for extending support to him and presented his book to the chief minister. The CM appreciated the services of Amjad Ali Noon for the company adding that he has laudably worked to run the LWMC on the new model. You have made extensive efforts to improve the cleanliness system and restored the lost credibility of the company, he added. The CM further stated that the new contract has saved precious reserves by decreasing the expenditures of garbage removal.