Minister for Industry & Trade Sheikh Alla-u-Din met with the delegation of Sargodha Chamber of commerce and Industry under the supervision of President SCCI Sheikh Naveed. Issues faced by the Sargodha industry discussed in details. The delegation briefed about their problems such as Salt Industry temporarily closed, once there was a time when 250 containers were export per month and now due to the closure of many factories, the business has ended completely. Only a single Gypsum factory Due to the un-availability of gas has to sell India on low prices. As well, Facilitation Center Sargodha had been closed since 2013 but the payment of salaries to the staff is still continuing. They also informed the provincial minister about the problems related to wooden handy craft and industry and demanded to solve their problems at priority basis. The Minister Industries assured the delegation that the Punjab government will provide the solution of all its legitimate demands and will help them to strengthen the industry through self-financing. The Minister directed to the representative of Punjab Small Industries Corporation that they should visit Sargodha and make a complete list of closed factories and submit a report on Saturday for canceling their plot’s registration. He also directed that the place which is allocated in Usman Industrial States Sargodha for the PSIC’S office, shared with SCCI.
Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs, Khalil Tahir Sandhu presided over a departmental meeting regarding to Highlight Human Rights on International Human Rights Day all over the Punjab, in the Committee room of Human Rights Office. Secretary HRMA Asim Iqbal and other relevant officers were present at the occasion. Secretary HRMA briefed to the provincial minister that the letters have been dispatched to all districts of the Punjab for speech competition about Human Rights. A grand event will be organized in Al-Humra Hall, Lahore on December 08 in honor of prominent position holders from every district and a finally 5 position holders will be rewarded and remaining will receive certificates. He also told that a jury comprises on Teachers and representative of Human Rights Department will decide winners. Provincial Minister HRMA appreciated the effort of department and directed to the secretary HRMA Asim Iqbal to ensure all arrangements under his supervision.
Due to the intervention of Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab, as many as 15 Properties of expatriate Pakistanis, worth Rs. 57 Million have been got retrieved from the illegal occupants during the last week. This was informed by Vice Chairperson OPC, Shaheen Khalid Butt while presiding over the weekly meeting of officers. Chairman Public Facilitation Committee OPC Sajid Chaudary, DG Syed Javed Iqbal Bokhari, Additional DG Agha Yousaf, Directors Raja Zubair, Ishrat Ullah Niazi and others seniors officers attended the meeting. Shaheen Khalid Butt told that the properties situated in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Jhelum, Rawalpindi and Chiniot Districts were under illegal occupation. OPC with the help of relevant District overseas Pakistanis Committees (DOPCs) got the said properties vacated and handed over to their owners. Shaheen Khalid Butt further said that OPC is vigorously pursuing the issues of Overseas Pakistanis and so far half of the received complaints of expatriates have been settled.
Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique, has said that lot of opportunities for allied health professionals are available in the specialized healthcare and Medical Education Department as well as in Primary & Secondary Health Department. He said that more opportunities of services for highly qualified human resource would be created by the expansion of health sector.
He stated this while addressing the first Convocation of Children Hospital & Institute of Child Health’s Allied Health Sciences School at Pearl Continental here today. Besides, Dean Children Hospital and ICH Prof. Masood Sadiq, Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof. Nizam ud Din, Principal Allied Health Sciences School Dr. Idrees Ahmed, Principals of different medical colleges, faculty members of Institute of Child Health, former deans of Children Hospital, students and their parents attended the convocation in large number. In his welcome address, Prof. Masood Sadiq informed that due to the personal interest and provision of funds generously by the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the Children Hospital has become the largest children hospital in the region having 11 hundred beds from 450 beds. He said that institute of Child Health providing educational and training facilities in 43 specialties, providing degree and diploma courses. He said that 18 training programmes for undergraduates is being run in the institute Prof. Masood Sadiq said that allied health professionals have a key role in providing healthcare to the patients. He said that at least eight different health professionals needed for a doctor. He said that Pakistan facing acute shortage of trained human resource and the children hospital & institute of child health is executing great services by providing training to the health professionals to fill the gaps. He disclosed that so far 850 allied health professionals have completed their education from this institution and serving within the country and outside in the world. He disclosed that institute of child health would soon start master degree courses. Chairman Higher Education Commission Prof. Nizam ud Din said that allied health professionals have an international identity and there is a huge demand of allied health professionals all over the world. Prof. Nizam ud Din stressed the need of setting up a separate council for allied health professionals. While addressing the convocation, Kh. Salman Rafique assured that working would be started for establishing separate council for allied health professionals on the pattern of PMDC and PMC. Later, degrees were awarded among the 350 graduates and 24 medals and 125 certificates to the students showing outstanding performance. The Institute is providing diploma degree courses in 7 different disciplines including physiotherapy, medical imaging technology, medical lab technology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and operational theater technology.
Minister for Women Development Department Hameeda Waheed Uddin has said that capacity building training of 3663 women councilors has been started by the Women Development Department in nine divisional headquarters during the Annual Development Programme 2017-18. This training will be continued throughout the year in phases so that maximum number of women councilors can be educated about the teaching the women around them about ways and means of playing a proactive societal role in their families. She was addressing the launching ceremony of training / awareness of local bodies’ women caucus on “Punjab Women Empowerment Initiatives” at the divisional level, here today. Provincial Secretary WDD Ms. Bushra Aman briefed the participants about the details of training programme. A large number of women councilors were present on the occasion.
While highlighting the objectives of the programme, the Provincial Minister said that womenfolk are not usually well aware of their legal and social rights at the grassroots. The capacity building training of women councilors will serve as a beneficial tool to disseminate the desired initiatives to the public to break stereotypes about women’s status in the society and to achieve targets set-forth in the Sustainable Development Goals. “Enhanced gender empowerment will ultimately lead to gender equity and women empowerment in the society,” added the Minister. Hameeda Waheed Uddin said that the idea behind the concept is that if these elected women councilors are fully sensitized about the Punjab women empowerment initiatives, then it will go a long way in the attainment of the ultimate goals of gender equality and legal empowerment of the women. “women caucus can play a bridging role between the common women, an important segment of our society and government; they can assist women not only in resolving their fundamental issues at their doorsteps, but existing opportunities and rights can also be availed systematically, concluded the Minister.