Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid has directed to take stern action against illegal dentists in the province. She passed this direction while chairing the first International Dental Conference at University of Health Sciences being chief guest. Dr. Javaid Akram, Dr. Sarah, senior doctors, surgeons, faculty members and people from different walks of life participated in the conference. Dr. Sarah briefed about the importance of the conference. Participants of the conference appreciated Minister Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Punjab government to enhance budget of Health Department.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid said while addressing the participants of the conference that there is so many importance of research in every health sector. Punjab government has taken historical initiatives to bring real change in government hospitals of Punjab. Last corrupt government just increased its assets and did not complete any developmental project. She further said that participants especially medical students will seek knowledge through such workshops. Data of dental patients should be collected from all Punjab. She also appreciated administration to arrange such conference.
An MoU was signed between Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHATA) and Chinese company Sunrise construction for the construction of low-cost houses under Naya Pakistan Housing scheme. Provincial Minister Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed/ Chairman PHATA and CEO of Sunrise construction Kevin Zhu signed the MoU. Chairman Taskforce for Housing Yaqub Izhar, General Secretary Muhammad Atif Ayub and Chairman Public Facilitation Committee Hammad Awan were also present on the occasion. The Minister said that Chinese company will construct ten thousand houses in Lahore and ten thousand houses in Sialkot during next three years with the help of pre-fab technology which will be a maiden experience in the country. 95 percent labour force be Pakistani while five percent technical staff will be Chinese and this would give employment to three lakh local people. Electricity will be provided through solar panels and recycling plants will be installed besides provision of clean drinking water in these housing units. He said that these houses will be environment-friendly and the model home will be delivered by Chinese company within next 45 days. Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed said that this MoU is a milestone in housing sector which will unleash revolution in the construction industry. He said that provision of services by a Chinese firm for Naya Pakistan Housing scheme is laudable and innovation will be incorporated in the houses to be built under this project.
Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) is the most successful & cost-effective model of free quality education in the country working under the School Education Department Punjab which has won international accolades and recognition. This model has been designed in accordance with the socio-economic needs and requirements of the society so that the needy segments could fully benefit from it. In fact, PEF is a real ‘success story’ which is efficiently serving to the masses. It’s also helping to achieve the vision and goals of Government of the Punjab. PEF has been working hard so that no deserving child is left without education and special attention is paid to the schooling of girls from low income families. The purpose is to enable needy students to transform themselves through this beneficial facility. Chairman PEF Wasiq Qayyum Abbasi said this while presiding a departmental meeting at PEFs head office. DMS (SS) Col (R) Imran Yaqub, DMD Finance Zubaid ul Hassan along with departmental heads were present.
Provincial Minister for School Education Dr. Murad Raas lauded PEF’s effort in promotion of quality education and further directed the partners to ensure that best educational facilities are provided to the students so that they could study and emerge as self-confident and useful citizens of the society. Furthermore, PEF Chairman expressed his satisfaction on the completion of Continuous Professional Development Program’s (CPDP) training targets for the financial year 2018-19 as well as the monitoring of 7,722 partner schools by Monitoring & Evaluation Department (M&E) department. He said that 7,838 Teachers and Head teachers of PEF Partner schools had been trained on TDP and SLP Level I & II Modules from 2,930 PEF partner schools by highly qualified Master Trainers. He reiterated that total 900 training sessions had been conducted in different cluster centers of Punjab to complete the training targets in time. Moreover, 11,108 PEF partner school teachers have been mentored in School Mentoring Activity of 1685 PEF partner schools. In order to gauge training impact 685 follow up sessions have been conducted. PEF has also strengthened the low cost private schools by improving their teaching capacity as well as ensuring that congenial atmosphere is arranged for the students, he concluded.
Imran Yaqub further briefed PEF Chairman regarding the achievements of M&E department. He informed that only 153 MEOs successfully completed the monitoring of 7,722 partner schools in the short span of just 30 working days. Modern digital applications were utilized to verify school enrollment, infrastructure, basic facilities and security measures of partner schools. Monitoring data had been cross verified with previous data to track changes and progress of partner schools.
Provincial Information Minister Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari while commenting on budget 2019-20 said that Punjab government has presented budget of par excellence. He said that it is a welcome step to increase 35 percent budget of South Punjab. Sumsam Ali Bukhari said that setting up hospitals and new universities will add to the facilities of general public. Opposition should explain that on whose behest they caused rumpus in the assembly and such hue and cry cannot cover up their corruption, he added. It is a great surprise that those attending the session on production order also became part of the protest. He further said that opposition parties are in deep grief that why has the time of pomp and show ended? Sumsam Bukhari further said that the slogans of “Go Nawaz Go” have not been erased from the memories of general public. Opposition is working on its nefarious agenda instead of doing politics on real issues. He further said that opposition cannot digest Punjab budget based on progress and prosperity.
Information Minister Punjab Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari while attending a ceremony said that Mian Nawaz Sharif is counting the days of government instead of his own. Frustration is clearly visible from the statements of Mian Nawaz Sharif, added Sumsam Bukhari. He said that Nawaz Sharif and his comrades has ended culture of decency and courtesy in national politics. Ominous increase in debts during last ten years is a big question mark, he added. Heavy debts took away the flesh from the bones of national economy. Information Minister said that PML-N made paper projects during its last year amounting to rupees four trillion. They are resorting to indecent practices in order to hide their corruption. During first year Rs. 55 billion have been released for these fake projects, he added. He said that the press conference of PML-N leaders tantamounts to self-praise and living in fool’s paradise. Prime Minister Imran Khan wants strict accountability to get this country out of deep economic crisis and government reserves the right of indiscriminate action against any misconduct or unlawful action. Information Minister Punjab said that statements of PML-N and PPP depict their inner frustration and distress.
Punjab Food Authority and Livestock Department have completed arrangements to conduct a survey to study the demand for fresh and pasteurized milk. In this connection, teams have completed the training about survey held at PFA headquarter. The purpose of the training was guiding them about the questionnaire, their duties and the benefits of pasteurized milk. The training session was presided over by Secretary Livestock Ahsan Waheed and PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman.
Secretary Livestock Ahsan Waheed said that teams would go door-to-door for a survey and to remain in the field from 9am to 3pm. The teams will also aware citizens about the pasteurization law along with asking questions from citizens to fill the form. He said that team to be contained on one officer of Livestock and PFA. Muhammad Usman said that teams would conduct a survey to assess the consumption of milk per home and way of purchasing. He said that arrangements would be made to supply the pasteurized milk to a consumer’s door in the light of survey results. He further said that pasteurized would also available at shops. He said that this project is being started as a pilot project in connection to the preparation of pasteurization law which to be implemented by 2022 in Punjab. He has vowed to make Punjab adulteration free before the year 2022 as per the vision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar.