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The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved two development schemes of Energy & Health Sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 9462.105 million.
These schemes were approved in the 4th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2017-18 presided over the Chairman P&D Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan.
Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, All Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.      
The approved development schemes included: Khadim-E-Punjab Ujaala Program (South Punjab) at the cost of Rs. 8969.269 million and Establishment of Regional Blood Centre at Faisalabad and Up-gradation of Existing Blood Units Mayo & General Hospitals Lahore with Assistance of KFW at the cost of Rs. 492.836 million.


High powered committee for the skill development by the CM Punjab was presided over by the Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar. Minister Industries Sheikh Allauddin, Chairman P&D, Secretary Labour, Secretary Industries, Special Secretary Higher Education, Director Schools Education and Senior Representatives of TEVTA, PVTC, PITB, PSDF, Agriculture, Primary & Secondary Health, Specialized Health & Medical Education, Livestock & Dairy Development, Mines & Minerals, Social Welfare, Home, Population, LG&RD, Cooperatives and PBTE attended the meeting.
A detailed review was taken on the skill development strategy growth of the Punjab government. This committee is constituted on the directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif not only to assess the skill development programme and to cope up the target set out by the Punjab government. i.e. two million by 2018 but also to further make innovative developments in this programme. This committee is constituted in collaboration with almost all the provincial departments in order to have maximum input of all the departments and to have first hand information. It was told in the meeting that Punjab government is going smoothly in the accomplishing of its two million skilled people programme. TEVTA, PVTC and PSDF are the major stakeholders and training providers 55000 skilled labour have completed their training in 2016-17.
On this occasion, Minister Labour told that there is no doubt that we are achieving the set targets but there is a dire need to institutionalize the system so that there should be continuity in the programme which will further produce positive results. Moreover, he directed all the departments to come up with the detailed reports that how far and how much they have dispensed skilled labour. He further directed to work together in order to accomplish the desired goal within the specified time.


Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Punjab Ali Jan Khan presided over the 165th meeting of Provincial Quality Control Board in his office. 86 cases were presented in the meeting, out of which warning issued to pharmaceutical companies in 12 cases, whereas 10 cases adjourned while 05 dropped and inspection ordered in 5 cases. The meeting decided to grant prosecution of 54 cases and referred the cases to Drug Court.
The pharmaceutical companies which have been prosecuted included LAEMA Chemi KPK, Medicon Pharma KPK, Qamar Cotton Industries Okara, Kohinoor Industries Sahiwal, TAGMA Pharma Lahore, LISKO Pharma Karachi, Gulf Pharma, Glitz Pharma, B-U Pharma Multan and TAS Pharmaceutical Kahota. Besides, Additional Secretary Drug Muhammad Sohail, Chief Drug Controller Punjab, Secretary PCQB and other concerned officers attended the meeting.


Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah has said that dearth of Paediatricians especially Paeds surgery and cardiology felt in all over the country and a lot of specialist doctors are needed in paediatricians’ field therefore children hospital Lahore should take lead in the training of post graduate doctors to meet the gap. He said that after addition of new block of 600 beds and 16 operation theatres, the children hospital has become the largest children hospital having 1100 beds which is a unique example.
He stated this while presiding over a joint-meeting of faculty members and PG doctors of children hospital. Medical Director Dr. Ahsan Waheed Rathor and Head of Surgery Department Prof. Muhammad Aslam briefed the Secretary regarding the treatment facilities for the patients and training programme for doctors. Najam Ahmad Shah said that after expansion of the hospital more opportunities have been created for the training of PGRs in the hospital. He further said that seats for PGR training are being given to the children hospital according to the stipulated formula however, special quota for PGR seats would be given keeping in view the demand of doctors in the field. The meeting also reviewed the administrative and operational matters of the hospital as well as financial and human resource requirements of the institution also came under discussion.


Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Rana Sana Ullah Khan has said that the Military Coup in Turkey was a conspiracy against progress and prosperity of the masses which the Turk people have foiled through their unity and spirit of patriotism. He was addressing a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the Coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in Turkey, held here at Shaheen Complex today. Serdar Deniz, the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan, Chairman Steering Committee Metro Train Orange Line and Khawaja Suhmail, Additional Chief Secretary were present on this occasion.
Rana Sana Ullah Khan said that it is impossible to find appropriate words to describe the brutality that the miscreants displayed that night. It was the worst act of terror in the history of the Turkish Republic. He said that it was the people of Turkey from all backgrounds and political views who resisted and displayed a historic example of solidarity as they stood selflessly in front of the tanks and reclaimed their democratic rights. It is the prime responsibility of any State to take necessary measures to confront the threats against its state and the people, he added.
Earlier, the honourable Consul General Serdar Deniz said that we are determined to fight anti-state elements with three things which are rule of law, morality, and democracy. He said that this is the only way to counter with such enemies of democracy.

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