Provincial Minister for Local Government & Community Development Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed has said that in the first phase of Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Programme, development projects are being carried out in Sialkot and Sahiwal with a cost of Rs. 44 billion. Whereas, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar khan, DG Khan ,Bahawalpur and Multan will be included in the second phase of the same programme.Provision of facilities to the people at their doorstep is the top priority of the government of the Punjab. Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed expressed these views during a meeting with a delegation of PTI here today. The delegation was led by Sabir Subhani whereas Waqas Amjad, Zeeshan Siddiqui and other office bearers of the PTI were also present on this occasion. The Minister said that instructions have been issued to further speed up development work of various schemes carried out by Local govt department. All legal requirements are being fulfilled for the procurement whereas an effective monitoring mechanism has also been developed in this regard. He said that transparency in development projects is the top priority of the Punjab government. He further informed that work is being carried out for providing municipal infrastructure including water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, public parks and street lights in 16 cities at a cost of Rs. 34 billion. He said that development projects have been designed in accordance with international studies. Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed further stated that As per the vision of PM Imran Khan and CM Usman Buzdar provision of high quality municipal services are being ensured to the citizens. Local government department would be turned into an exemplary institute of public service.
The Punjab government on Saturday issued directions to all the deputy commissioners to ensure availability of sugar at the price of Rs 89.75 per kg across the province. The directions were given at a meeting jointly chaired by Provincial Minister for Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal and Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal, at the Civil Secretariat. The provincial minister expressed displeasure over the sale of essential commodities at exorbitant prices in some cities and directed to rectify the situation as soon as possible. He stated that there is a question mark on the performance of the administration as it is failing to implement ‘its own notified prices’. “The Performance would be visible only when prices stabilize,” he remarked. The minister said that the sale of sugar, flour and other commodities at the exorbitant prices would not be tolerated and action would be taken against those responsible for negligence and carelessness. He also asked the officers to comply with the instructions about sealing shops over profiteering. The Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to carry out physical verification of the stock in the sugar mills. He also asked the administration and police to keep a close watch on the transportation of sugar to prevent its hoarding. He said that the main reason for instability in the prices of agricultural commodities was the poor market system. He ordered strict action against the officials of market committees involved in corruption and irregularities. The Chief Secretary asserted that improvement in the supply chain system as well as administrative measures are needed for stability in prices. He also issued instructions to display the rate lists prominently at all the shops and take action in case of violation. The administrative secretaries of relevant departments including industries, agriculture, and food, Chairman PITB, Commissioner Lahore and officers concerned attended the meeting while all the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners participated through video link.
The government is committed to improve the price and supply line of DAP fertilizer, especially at the time of wheat sowing, to ensure timely availability of agricultural inputs to farmers. These views were expressed by Punjab Provincial Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi during a meeting with a delegation of All Pakistan Fertilizers Dealers Association(APFDA) in Lahore. On the occasion The Agriculture Minister said that standard agricultural inputs are of fundamental importance for achieving the agricultural production targets. Therefore, the government is taking steps to ensure the availability of quality agricultural fertilizers. On the special instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Ahmed Bazdar, the Agriculture Task Force has seized fake pesticides and substandard fertilizers worth Rs. 40 crore and registered 2300 FIRs against the persons involved in this crime, during the last three years(2018-21). He further said that the Punjab government has adopted a zero tolerance policy against traders who was involved in sale of substandard fertilizers and all possible actions are being taken to eradicate it. During the meeting, the provincial minister stressed on the representatives of All Pakistan Fertilizer Dealers Association to play their special role in rooting out substandard fertilizers. Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi agreed on their representation in the Agricultural Task Force and inclusion in the Dealers Training Program. On this occasion, APFDA Informed the Minister about the issues like rising prices of fertilizers, its transportation, increasing rates of taxes, mafia involved in substandard fertilizers, subsidy vouchers, compulsory membership with Association and theft of containers fully loaded with fertilizers. Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi assured to meet the legitimate demands of the representatives of Association. On the occasion, All Pakistan Fertilizers Dealers Association presented a commemorative shield to the Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Punjab. Chairman Khawaja Azhar, Senior Vice Chairman Abdul Shakoor, Vice Chairman Mian Afzal, Chief Coordinator Mahmood and other representatives of the APFDA attended the meeting.
The authorities are taking action against the officials involved in fake entries of corona vaccine, arresting 16 persons and registering 12 cases in eight cities so far. These cities include Sialkot, Vehari, Rahim Yar Khan, Lodhran, Lahore, Faisalabad, Chiniot and Multan. The details emerged at the briefing during a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal at the Civil Secretariat here on Friday. The meeting reviewed the corona pandemic, medical facilities in hospitals and pace of vaccination. The Chief Secretary said that the vaccination campaign is a national cause and those who register fake vaccines do not deserve any leniency. He directed the divisional commissioners to play their role in achieving the national goal by meeting the vaccination targets. He mentioned that in extraordinary circumstances officers have to work harder to perform their duties. Asking the officers to raise awareness about important and efficacy of vaccine, the Chief Secretary said that the only solution to ward off corona is the vaccination and implementation of SOPs. He said that it is evident from the data the vaccine was highly effective against corona and that 79 percent of hospitalized patients were unvaccinated. He said that the condition of patients who get one dose is even better than that of those who did not. He said that the government was well aware of the economic losses caused by corona pandemic and for business activities restrictions would be relaxed in the light of the NCOC guidelines. The Secretary Primary Health briefed the meeting that an average of more than 517,000 people are being vaccinated daily across the province. He said that there is ample stock of vaccine in the province and vaccination of people between the ages of 15 to 17 years has been started as per the guidelines of NCOC. So far, the first dose of the vaccine has been given to 31.6 million people in the province, while both doses have been administered to 11 million people, he said. The Secretary Primary Health said that the rate of positive cases of corona in three cities Lahore, Sargodha and Muzaffargarh is more than eight percent at present. The Secretary Information, Special Secretary Specialized Health, CCPO Lahore and senior civil and military officials attended the meeting while all the divisional commissioners participated through video link.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired the 7th meeting of the Walled City of Lahore Authority at his office to review progress. The meeting was told that a ceremony will be held in Lahore in November to declare Lahore and Baku city of Azerbaijan as twin cities. The establishment of the heritage institute was approved in principle along with the approval of extension in the contract of DG WCLA Kamran Lashari. The meeting reviewed implementation on the master conservation plan and deliberated upon proposals to shift the rim market outside the city. Three years performance report was presented before the meeting and DG WCLA Kamran Lashari briefed that six projects have been completed while ten other projects valuing Rs. 50 crore are under completion adding that four projects are in progress including restoration of dilapidated historic buildings of the walled city. The drainage system has been restored with four billion rupees with assistance from France and WCLA will also carry out historic buildings’ restoration projects in Zhob, Mardan and Muzaffarabad, he added. Chief Secretary, ACS, chairperson heritage conservation board of WCLA Yousaf Salahuddin, commissioner Lahore, secretaries of auqaf and information departments, consultant of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan and others attended the meeting. The meeting made an in-principle decision to bring Badshahi Mosque under the purview of WCLA. The CM gave in-principle approval to restore the historic grandeur of Bhatti Gate adding that WCLA will revamp Badshahi Mosque, Bibi Pak Daman, Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya, Hazrat Shah Rukan-e-Alam, Hazrat Shah Shams Tabrez and Khawaja Ghulam Fareed. Similarly, historic worship places, including that of minority communities, will also be restored in different cities by the WCLA. It will carry out Dilkash City in Lahore, Bahawalpur, Multan, Muridke and Faisalabad while historic Bradley Hall in Lahore and Barkat Ali Khan Hall will be opened after necessary repair work. The CM directed to take steps for opening Roshnai Gate to the public and further directed to restore the hundred-year-old building of DC office Sargodha. The restoration work on the mausoleum of Mir Chakar Azam Rind in Okara be expedited and the park, museum and shops be established around it, he added.