Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated the monsoon plantation campaign 2019 with the slogan that every person should plant two saplings on the occasion of Plant for Pakistan Day at Khudpur, Manga Mandi. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gull, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Ameen Aslam, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and a large number of scouts also planted trees and prayed for the success of the plantation campaign. Later, while addressing the inaugural ceremony of tree plantation campaign 2019, the Chief Minister announced to name the place allocated for tree plantation in Khudpur after Kashmir Park and said that 50-acres of government's retrieved land dedicated to the Kashmiri brethren. He said that the announcement to name one road in every district and one park in every division after Kashmir will soon be implemented. We express complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people who are facing Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir, he said. Usman Buzdar said that law the of polythene-free Punjab will soon be enforced. Ban will soon be imposed on plastic bags in Punjab, he added. Punjab government has approved the summary of a ban on using polythene bags which will soon be implemented after the approval of the next cabinet meeting. He said that the target of increasing forest areas will be achieved in the next four years. Billion tree project will prove to be a game-changer in the environmental history of the country. He said that plantation of trees is among the top priorities of the PTI government. Government and civil society gives due importance to the plantation. Billion Tree Tsunami project has been launched for bringing a green revolution in the country. Billions of rupees have been allocated for protecting the forests and plantation. He said that record 42 cores saplings would be planted for the first time in the history of Pakistan. Saplings would be planted at government, private and defence lands in Punjab. Thousands of acres of land have been retrieved and is being given to the government institutions. He said that plantation has been carried out after retrieving 50 acres of land from qabza mafia in Khudpur as it is the best use of state land. He said the students and people from different walks of life are included in this process. Advisor to PM Malik Ameen Aslam said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has dreamed about making Pakistan green and we all are gathered here for giving practical shape to his dream. Pakistan will be made clean and green. He said that Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar is serving the people of the province in an active manner and his role for the success of clean and green Pakistan is very vibrant. He appealed to the people that every citizen should plant one sapling for Pakistan and second for Kashmir. He said that the ministry has received a grant of Rs. 24 billion during the year for reducing environmental pollution. Zartaj Gull said that performance of Usman Buzdar is better than other provinces and this has been acknowledged in a report as well. She said that Pakistan is rich in natural beauty but no planning was made in connection with protecting the environment during the last tenure. The former chief minister stood in rainwater with long shoes and curved cap but he did nothing. She said that trees were cut down during the last tenure and natural environment was damaged. She said that practical measures have been taken by the PTI government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, for giving the new generation a clean and green Pakistan. Federal Parliamentary Secretary Rukhsana Naveed said that there is concrete everywhere in Lahore and especially the condition of the walled city is very bad where trees are less and less. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar is working wholeheartedly and the province will progress under his leadership, she added. Provincial Ministers Mahmood-ur-Rasheed, Murad Raas, members of the assembly, Commissioner Lahore Division, Secretary Forests, Secretary Information, CCPO Lahore, Deputy Commissioner Lahore, senior officials, students, scouts and civil society members were present in the ceremony.
Giving orders to take practical measures to control price hike, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that administration and concerning departments should make field visits and work effectively to provide relief to the people. No paperwork is acceptable, make practical efforts to provide relief to the people. He said concerning departments should wake up from slumber and deliver as per situation requires. Price control magistrates should visit markets and bazaars to check prices instead of sitting in offices. He said effective and active role is needed to control price hike and provide relief to the people. He said crackdown should be launched against those who have created artificial price hike and indiscriminate action should be taken against hoarders. Immediate steps should be taken to ensure consistency in prices. He said artificial hike will not be tolerated in the prices of vegetables, fruits and pulses. The deputy commissioners should keep a close eye on prices in their areas and supervise operation against price hike. Prices of essentials food items and their quality should be strictly monitored. He said the people cannot be left at the mercy of hoarders and those involved in price hike. The chief minister issued instructions to the Cabinet Committee on Price Control in this regard.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has strongly condemned the unprovoked firing by Indian Army on the Line of Control. While paying tributes to the bravery and courage of martyred Pak Army Jawans, Usman Buzdar extended heartfelt sympathies and condolence to their family members. By sending the Indian Army soldiers to hell, Pak Army has given a befitting reply to the enemy, he said. He said that the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the security of the country are our heroes and we salute their great sacrifice. The Chief Minister said that Shaheed Lance Naik Taimoor, Shaheed Naik Tanveer and soldier Ramzan have sacrificed their lives while defending the motherland. He said that the martyrs are our national pride and armed forces of Pakistan are fully alert and active round the clock. The whole nation is standing beside them for the defence of our country while Indian aggressive attitude is a threat for the regional peace, the Chief Minister concluded.
Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar offered Namaz-E-Eid at Badshahi Mosque. They especially prayed for the freedom of Occupied Kashmir, solidarity of the country and prosperity of the people. Both met with the people after the namaz and congratulated them on Eid-Ul-Adha. They also planted saplings in the premises of Badshahi Mosque. Chief Secretary, Secretary Auqaf, Commissioner Lahore and high-ranking officers also offered namaz in the Badshahi Mosque. The chief minister also offered the ritual of animal sacrifice on Eid-Ul-Adha.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to ensure the best arrangements for the cleanliness in Lahore as well as in Punjab. Instructions have been issued to authorities, solid waste management companies, commissioners and deputy commissioners in this regard. The Chief Minister said that animal waste should be timely and properly dispose of. No animal waste should be seen in streets or mohallas. He said that solid waste companies, concerned departments and administration should ensure the arrangements made for cleanliness at any cost. Arrangements of cleanliness should be better than the last year, he said. He said that officers of concerned departments should personally monitor the arrangements. He said that all-out resources should be utilized for further improving the cleanliness arrangements and complaints of citizens regarding cleanliness should be immediate redressed.