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28/03/17

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has constituted a high level committee under convener ship of Provincial Minister for Planning and Development to analyze the sale of land allotted to the industrialists for the purpose of setting up industrial units in the governmental industrial estates. Minister Industries, Commerce and Investment (ICI) will be the co-convener while Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR) will operate as Secretary of the committee. The other members will comprise of Secretary Industries, Secretary Live Stock & Dairy Development, Special Secretary Finance and Member Colonies Board of Revenue. Second meeting of the committee was held at the committee room of BoR on Tuesday. While addressing the meeting, provincial minister ICC Sheikh Alauddin lauded the decision to establish such committee as it was necessary to meet one of the biggest challenges presently being faced by the local industry. “The government allots land to the industrialists on nominal cost for establishing industrial units under definite terms and conditions but that was afterward sold out without constructing an industry. It damages our policies that aim at flourishing the industry in Punjab. So the committee is mandated to sort out and threadbare analyze cases of where such land was sold out with or without permission of the government for purposes other than that it was acquired originally. The committee will also threadbare analyze the policy framework under which such permission for sale was granted. It will also come up with the calculation as to how much land was allowed to sell, actually sold at what price and how much of such amount was utilized to pay off the loans of creditors and banks.” He added.

The secretary ICC delivering a detailed presentation told that the committee was also meant for ascertaining how much amount was deposited in the Government exchequer under each case where such lands were sold out under the pretext of retiring loans. The other participants also discussed the matters regarding working of the committee and preparation of a comprehensive report to be submitted to the high ups.   

20/03/17

As many as 62 Hindu Couples tied the knot at a mass wedding held at the YMCA Lawns Karachi last night .Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu participated in the ceremony on behalf of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif as chief guest. Mr.Sandhu announced a financial grant of rupees one million for Pakistan Hindu Council from Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Managing Director Pakistan Baitulmaal Abid Waheed Sheikh, political and religious leaders as well as representatives of Minorities along with Civil Society were also present on this occasion. The Minister said that we should promote the culture of combined marriages so that poor parents can perform this sacred duty of marriage of their children. He stressed upon the need for philanthropists to support such kind of social activities whole heartedly. People from various castes and ethnicities all were gathered in the ceremony. Most of the families standing beside their daughters or sons had the same story of being unable to afford the wedding. As a result, they had approached the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) to include their children as part of the mass wedding ceremony held annually. The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council/MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, while greeting the guests, said that the majority of the couples at the ceremony were from various districts and towns of Sindh. He said that all the couples belonged to backward and far flung places of Sindh including Tharparkar and adjacent areas. He informed that each bride was given households worth rupees one lakh as well as deserving people were also provided 22 motorcycle Rikshaws enabling them to earn their living by Pakistan Hindu Council. 

18/03/17

Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that Medical Superintendents are the custodian and team leaders of government hospitals who have to lead their doctors, nurses and paramedics staff for providing quality healthcare to the patients and they are responsible to implement government’s decisions and agenda of reforms in the hospitals. The Minister said that revamping of 40 DHQ and THQ hospitals is being carried out fast track and within four months these hospitals would present a new look and different culture.

He said this while addressing the monthly meeting of medical superintendents of 40 DHQ and THQ hospitals where the revamping plan is implemented. Besides Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Provincial Director IRMNCH Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Additional Secretaries of the department, officers of Project Management Unit, Director Policy & Strategic Planning Unit and Medical Superintendents of the hospitals attended the meeting.

Kh. Imran Nazir took serious note of the incident in THQ Hospital Gujra in which doctors had mistakenly carried out eye operation of an elderly attendant instead of the patient. The Minister directed the Secretary to hold an inquiry of the incident. Kh. Imran Nazir said that responsibility should be fixed and action should be taken against the responsible doctor. He said that revamping of 40 hospitals in a short period of time is not an easy task but we have to work together with a spirit of humanitarian service to achieve this target. He said that billions of rupees are being spent on the up-gradation, revamping of the hospitals and provision of new equipments. During the meeting necessary instructions have been given to the Medical Superintendents regarding patient safety, infection control and surveillance of operation theaters. It was informed that patient’s record tracking system would also established in each hospital under Health Information Management System. Kh. Imran Nazir while appreciating the decision of bifurcation of Health Department by Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, said that it was a visionary decision of the Chief Minister which has reflected in a good change for health sector development and both the departments are working with more focused approach for the improvement of tertiary as well as primary & secondary health sector. Secretary Ali Jan Khan informed that janitorial services, security, parking, horticulture, landscaping, plumbing, clinical and electric works services in 40 DHQ and THQ Hospitals have been outsourced. He said that provision of missing medical equipments, removing the infrastructural faults of the hospital buildings, the outlook of the hospitals is also being improved for making the hospital environment friendly and pleasant to the visitors. The doctors and paramedics of the said hospital have also been trained by the university of health sciences. He said that all resources would be provided for improving the supply of electricity in the hospitals. He said that requirements of dual electricity supply and transformers would be met for which more  than 300 million rupees have been allocated. The meeting reviewed the pace of work in every hospital individually.

17/03/17

Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that it is mandatory for private hospitals to ensure training of their doctors regarding case management of dengue through Dengue Experts Advisory Group (DEAG). He made it clear that action would be taken against such hospitals who would depute untrained doctors for the treatment of dengue patients.

He stated this while chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat Committee Room though video link from Multan. Besides, members Punjab Assembly Ms. Lubna Faisal, Pir Ashraf Rasool, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Special Secretary Specialized Healthcare Dr. Sajid Mahmood Chohan, Special Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Dr. Faisal Zahoor, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Punjab, Addl. Secretary Finance Department, Addl. Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Dr. Asif, officers from PITB, Health and other concerned departments attended the meeting. Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officer of Health from Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Jhang, Sargodha, Rahim Yar Khan, Jehlum, Multan, Attock and Bahawalpur participated in the meeting via video link. Additional Director General Health Dengue Control Programme Dr. Farrukh Sultan briefed the meeting about the latest dengue situation in various districts. He also presented report regarding the ongoing outdoor, indoor dengue surveillance and steps taken for the control of dengue at district level. In-charge, Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Prof. Wasim Akram said that special attention should be paid on indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance specially in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. Secretary DEAG Dr. Somia Iqtidar informed the meeting that so far DEAG has been trained 316 doctors at provincial level while 277 doctors have been imparted training at divisional level. She disclosed that doctors from Pakpattan, Khanewal, Mianwali, Okara, Hafizabad, DG Khan and Bahawalnagar did not appear in the training on the given schedule. The Minister Health took serious notice of this and directed that doctors should strictly follow the training schedule otherwise disciplinary action would be taken against them. Khawaja Salman Rafique stressed the need of training of nurses on dengue case management for providing effective medical cover and intensive care of the patients. Additional Secretary Technical Dr. Asif updated the meeting regarding Congo and Chikungunya viral diseases. He said that a few cases of Congo were reported from Multan and Rawalpindi however, all the tertiary care hospitals have been made alert and guidelines for the treatment of Congo patients have also been circulated and expedited. The meeting stressed the need of vigorous and effective surveillance of graveyards, junkyards and under-construction sites to check the Dengue and Chikungunya.

Minister Health Khawaja Salman Rafique directed that Dengue Focal persons of the hospitals should tag data of probable and confirmed dengue patients on PITB Dashboard on daily basis. He warned that action would be taken against such focal persons who tag the data of dengue patients in bulk after days. He also directed the Medical Superintendents of Teaching Hospitals to complete the arrangements for dengue patients according to the check list. He said that foolproof treatment facilities for dengue patients should be ensured in the hospitals as the dengue season has been started.

17/03/17

Provincial minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment (ICI) Sheikh Alauddin while chairing a meeting held last day at the civil secretariat has directed to call the owner of the factory collapsed at Sunder Industrial Estates in 2015 along with affected families to settle the issue of compensation in next meeting. The meeting was also attended among others by the Advocate General, Punjab Shakil-ur-Rehman Khan, Secretary ICI Dr. Mujtaba Piracha, Secretary, Labour Dr. Shoaib Akbar and CEO of Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (PIEDMC) Iftikhar Hussain. Advocate General, Punjab briefed the house about the legal provisions as envisaged in the Workmen Compensation Act, 1923, with particular reference to the payment of compensation to affectees of such incidents. He also intimated that a wide scope of making payments to affectees as compensation occurred in the Act. The minister said, “So, under the said provisions, all remaining amounts in this case must be paid by the legal heirs of owner.” He further informed that as the Honorable Lahore High Court passed directions during the course of previous hearing that before taking any decision to this effect by the committee, the petitioner/legal heirs along-with his counsel may be listened in person, so, it is his opinion to comply with the said directions of the Honorable Lahore High Court, Lahore.