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“Delay in the delivery of textbooks is not acceptable,” said Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif while chairing a review meeting on the proposed school education reforms in the province.

Madam Chief Minister directed to implement a new comprehensive procedure, in line with the International best practices, for the selection of CEOs, DEOs, DDEOs. in each district. Under the new mechanism, the selection of CEOs and other admin officers of the education department would be made after test, interview and computer education exam. Madam Chief Minister said,” Training of the CEOs from LIMS should also be ensured.”

Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif also directed to provide educational facilities to special children in one government school in each district. She added,” Schools for transgenders will be established at divisional level.” Madam Chief Minister highlighted the need to start character building classes too in government schools.

Role of Punjab School Inspectorate, a proposal to form Standardized Matriculation Exam Board and a proposal to run all matters of school education through a central body were also discussed in the meeting. Madam Chief Minister said,”The central authority will work on Punjab education, teacher and curriculum development, school development, testing and assessment of learning outcomes.”

An agreement to hold a school hockey league in Punjab and Pakistan's biggest "School Olympics" was also discussed in the meeting.

Earlier, the authorities concerned briefed the Chief Minister that the supply of 41% textbooks is complete, and books will be provided to all schools by May. The next year, however, textbooks will be provided in February. They also presented Chief Minister a new story book on environmental pollution and climate change for schools.

Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Senator-elect Pervaiz Rashid, Information Minister Azma Zahid Bukhari, School Education Minister Rana Sikandar Hayat, MPA Sania Ashiq, Chief Secretary and other relevant officers attended the meeting.


“Garbage should not be seen in the streets and markets,” said Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif while chairing a special meeting to review implementation of solid waste management system in the province. She added,”Cleaning orders should be strictly implemented, negligence will not be tolerated.”

Madam Chief Minister said,”First ever in the history of Pakistan, a mega project of solid waste management is ready,” She added,”Guidelines should also be devised for analyzing the performance of WASA Companies receiving Financial Share and Subsidy.”

Madam Chief Minister directed the Provincial Minister Zeeshan Rafique to implement digital monitoring of this solid waste management system to ensure transparency in the outsourcing of solid waste management in the province. She added,”Solid waste management vehicles should also be kept clean.”

Earlier, Madam Chief Minister was briefed about the proposed contract to outsource solid waste management in all 36 districts of Punjab. She was briefed that 23 landfill sites and 66 transfer stations will be constructed at all divisional headquarters of the province. Organic, inorganic, iron and plastic waste will be sorted out at the transfer stations after completing door to door collection of the waste.

Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Azma Zahid Bukhari, MPA Sania Ashiq, Secretaries, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner Lahore, CEO WMC and other relevant officers attended the meeting.


“Set up a task force to tackle electricity theft at district level,” said Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif while chairing a special meeting on electricity theft. She added,”This task force will include representatives of Police, Magistrate, Intelligence, Recovery, DC Office, Prosecution and Law Departments.”

Madam Chief Minister said,”More than 600 Special Police teams will also participate in anti-power theft campaign.” She directed the authorities concerned to amend laws for the prevention of electricity theft and effective recovery of electricity dues. Madam Chief Minister also directed for strong and effective prosecution in power theft cases.

Earlier, Federal Secretary Power gave a detailed presentation online on current status of electricity theft in all districts of Punjab including Lahore.

Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Former Senator Pervaiz  Rashid, Minister for Information and Culture Azma Zahid Bukhari, MPA Sania Ashiq, Chief Secretary, IGP, Chairman P&D, Secretaries and other officers concerned attended the meeting.


A suite of directives spearheaded by Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, to safeguard and conserve wildlife, have borne fruit. These orders have been issued in accordance with the guidelines of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that the establishment of a wildlife rescue force has been ordered under the vision of the CM Punjab. In the first phase, the rescue force will consist of trained staff, veterinary ambulances, doctors and rescue vehicles in Khanewal, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

She explained that legislation will be enacted regarding the capture of lions, leopards and wild cats under the Wildlife Act. Prior to the ten-day timeline for the combing operation against illegal possession of animals, continuous operations resulted in the recovery of 11 rare black bears from Sargodha, Nankana Sahib, Bahawalpur, Multan, Gujranwala and DG Khan, she added.

The senior minister disclosed that the search operations led to the rescue of 96 green parrots, 20 monkeys, 85 sparrows, 6 pheasants, 35 partridges, 45 rosy starlings (Pastor roseus), and 25 peacocks from unlawful captivity. Additionally, a Bengal tiger was intercepted while being transported from Lahore to Multan. Those found keeping animals illegally are subject to arrest under the amended Wildlife Act of 1973, with fines amounting to Rs.712,500 imposed on various offenders. She assured that the rescued animals will be temporarily housed in aviaries before being released back into their natural habitats, many of which are endangered.

Furthermore, educational lectures and seminars have been conducted in academic institutions to raise public awareness regarding wildlife protection and conservation efforts, she said.

Marriyum Aurangzeb emphasized that no leniency will be shown towards those unlawfully detaining animals or perpetrating acts of cruelty against them. The true sanctuary for wildlife lies within forests and other natural environs. Keeping wild animals and birds in unlawful captivity constitutes a criminal offense, she asserted, urging the public to report any such instances to aid in wildlife preservation efforts.


Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif co-chaired a meeting to review challenges of agriculture in Punjab.Qiaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said, “The lack of quality seeds even after the lapse of four decades is a matter of grave concern.” He added, “Effective steps should be taken to plug the wastage of 37 MAF water from wastage in Punjab,” He emphasised on the need to use modern methods of irrigation for this purpose.

The Secretary Agriculture in his briefing on various projects for the development of agriculture in Punjab apprised that 1.7 MAF of water can be saved by paving 7300 water courses (Khalaas) in Punjab. A proposal to return rainwater to the ground by reverse pumping to improve groundwater levels was also reviewed in the meeting. Moreover, necessary measures to increase the rate of farm mechanization from 35 to 60 percent in Punjab were also discussed.

It was decided in the meeting that Rs 150-billion loan will be given to farmers for Rabi and Kharif crops. Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed to formulate a simple eligibility criterion for the farmers to avail loans. Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif said,” When a farmer applies for a loan, it should be ensured that the loan is issued as soon as possible.” She added,” The Department of Agriculture should devise a fool-proof system of monitoring and feedback of the loan scheme.”

Madam Chief Minister also gave in-principle approval of a pilot project for the recruitment of Agriculture Officers and Field Assistants against their vacant posts. She directed to ensure adherence to merit in the recruitment process.

Madam Chief Minister also gave approval to establish research endowment fund worth Rs 500 million for Ayub Research Center. Moreover, it was decided to ensure coordination of the sub-institutions of Agriculture Department for research, better performance and good governance.

It was also decided in the meeting to amend the Fertilizer and Pesticide Act.

Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Information Minister Azma Zahid Bukhari, Agriculture Minister Ashiq Hussain Kirmani, Senator Pervaiz  Rashid, MPA Sania Ashiq, Secretaries Agriculture, Finance, President Bank of Punjab and other relevant officers attended the meeting.