Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to take necessary measures for the disposal of rainwater from low-lying areas in Lahore and other cities of the province and added that line departments should proactively work in this regard. I will not tolerate any negligence, he said and further directed that smooth flow of traffic be ensured and relevant officers should also remain available in the field. Early disposal of accumulated water should be ensured and reports be submitted to the CM Office, he added.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that justice is the vital lynchpin of modern-day states adding that only those nations achieve the pinnacle of glory and respect that ensure justice in every matter. In his message, the Chief Minister said that the societies that fail to ensure justice fell apart. It is sanguine that the religion of Islam has stressed for the promotion of high moral values as the process of socio-economic development is directly interlinked with the provision of justice, he maintained. Usman Buzdar said that the state is responsible for the provision of justice to every citizen and added that provision of justice to the common man is the objective of the PTI government and every possible step will be taken in this regard. Today, it is reiterated that the provision of justice will be ensured to every segment of the society and the government will also continue to highlight the importance of the principles of justice in the society, concluded the Chief Minister.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar today visited different areas of Lahore including Shimla Pahari, Bohar Wala Chowk, Mall Road, Montgomery Road, Laxmi Chowk and GPO Chowk in torrential rain and inspected the situation arising after the rain. He also gave lift to women and children stuck in rainwater and dropped them to their place of destination. During the visit, the Chief Minister inspected the arrangements made for the disposal of water and also inquired the citizens about it, who complained about the accumulation of water on roads. The Chief Minister replied that he has come out to review the problems faced by the people and assured that the administration and WASA officials will complete the disposal of rainwater without any delay. He also directed the administrative officers and WASA officials to early complete the water disposal by using all available resources. He asked them to personally monitor the process of water disposal and directed that they should remain present in the field till the completion of water disposal. He further said that traffic police should efficiently perform to keep the traffic moving during rain. He regretted that claimants of transforming the city of Lahore as ‘Paris’ have made no scheme of water disposal for the city. Those who evolved white elephant schemes did not ensure the basic job of water disposal, he added. Problems of the people will be solved soon as I belong to them and the administration has been activated to early solve them, he added.
After visiting different areas of the provincial metropolis, the Chief Minister went to the office of Punjab Safe City Authority and monitored the rain-related situation through CCTV cameras. He issued necessary instructions saying that he has felt the difficulty of the citizens due to torrential rains. Our sorrows and pains are collective and I am standing with the citizens in this difficult situation. Water disposal will be ensured at the earliest, he added. Spokesman to CM Dr. Shahbaz Gill accompanied the Chief Minister during the inspection.
A delegation of Pakistan Plastic Manufacturers Association called on Punjab Minister for Trade & Industry Mian Aslam Iqbal at his office here on Monday and discussed various matters of mutual interest including the problems faced by the plastic industry in the province. Talking on the occasion, the Minister said that problems of plastic manufacturers will be solved on priority basis as thousands of people are attached with this sector. He made it clear that court directions with regard to shopping bags will be implemented. However, the recommendations of the traders attached with this sector will be considered by the government and a representative of the plastic industry will be included in the cabinet sub-committee. Further legislation will be made in the light of court directions and proposals of the industrialists, he assured.
On the federal government’s direction, the Punjab government has finalized an action plan for implementing a comprehensive programme of population welfare in the province. This was stated during a briefing to a meeting jointly chaired by Provincial Population Welfare Minister Col (r) Hashim Dogar and Chief Secretary Punjab Yousaf Naseem Khokhar here on Monday. Secretary Population Welfare briefed the meeting on performance and structure of the department, ongoing and upcoming projects. Addressing the meeting, the Provincial Minister said that healthy mother and child lay foundation of a healthy society. He mentioned that the government is fully aware of the problem of rapid population growth and has allocated more funds for population welfare in the budget this year. He directed that coordination with health department be enhanced regarding implementation of programmes of mother and child healthcare.
The Chief Secretary said that concrete steps are needed to control the growing population. “If attention is not paid to this serious issue, it would be difficult to handle the problems arising out of it in the years to come,” he added. He mentioned that there is a need to work on warfooting to control rapidly growing population for improving living standard of people. He stated that help of Ulema may be sought to raise awareness among people about this issue as they can play an important role in this regard. He directed that information about thalassemia and genetic disorders especially be also incorporated in the counselling programmes. He maintained that improvement in governance and public service delivery is a priority of the government. He directed the Secretary Population Welfare to utilize information technology for capacity building of the department, saying that use of IT has helped institutes improve their performance. The meeting was also attended by officers of Population Welfare Department.