Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Hasan Askari has approved the release of additional funds of Rs. 7.44 crore for the treatment of deserving patients. This amount will be utilized for free treatment of deserving patients suffering from fatal diseases including cancer and transplantation of liver and kidney.
In a statement issued here today, Dr. Askari has said that these funds have been provided to fulfill the need of providing immediate treatment facilities to the disadvantaged patients and this act will heal the wounds of the ailing humanity. Treatment of patients is not a favor to anybody but a duty of every government. People have full right over the resources of the government and they will be given their rights, he added. He said that caretaker set up is striving for public service according to its given mandate. Provision of necessary cooperation and support is essential for the treatment of needy patients and for that purpose, provision of funds is a priority agenda. Provision of healthcare and other facilities is a starting point of good governance and fulfillment of this agenda will be ensured within the given timeframe and efforts will be made to provide every possible relief to the people at every stage, concluded the Chief Minister.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Hasan Askari has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of famous Urdu humour writer Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi. He has extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace. He paid rich tributes to the role of Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi in the field of humour writing and said that he has given new dimension to humour writing with his unique style. With his death, a beautiful phase of Urdu humour writing has ended today. Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi will forever live in our hearts due to his writings and his services in Urdu literature especially in the field of humour writing will always be remembered, concluded the Chief Minister.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Hasan Askari has said that holding of free, fair and peaceful elections is the top priority of the caretaker set up and people will be given full opportunity to use their right of franchise in a congenial environment. He said that environment of peace is imperative for the promotion of trade and economic activities and it is also necessary for promoting investment and opportunities of employment. The caretaker government will leave no stone unturned to improve the situation of law & order, he added. He said that all necessary steps are being taken to further improve the general situation of law & order and added that strategy has been devised to provide a peaceful atmosphere to the voters on the occasion of elections. Maintenance of peaceful atmosphere is the responsibility of the government so that citizens could cast their vote and the caretaker government will fulfill this responsibility in the best of manner, he added. He said that all necessary steps are being taken according to framework of Election Commission to hold peaceful and transparent elections. He said that conducive atmosphere will be ensured for polling so that voters could use their right of franchise without any fear. Latest technology is being fully utilized to maintain law & order and environment of peace in the society, he said. He said that everybody will have to play its role to promote the passion of religious tolerance, brotherhood and patience. The plan of action devised for maintaining an environment of law & order during the elections will be implemented in toto. The responsibility of free, fair and transparent elections will be fulfilled and we shall succeed by the grace of Almighty Allah, concluded Dr. Askari.
Punjab government has issued notification regarding change of departments and grant of additional charge to the ministers of caretaker cabinet. According to the notification of Services & General Administration Department (Cabinet Wing), the Caretaker Provincial Minister for Industry, Trade & Investment and Mines & Mineral Development Anjum Nisar has been given additional charge of Zakat & Ushr Department. Caretaker Provincial Minister for Energy, Local Government & Urban Development and Irrigation Departments Zafar Mehmood has been given the additional charge of Disaster Management. Caretaker Minister for Information Ahmad Waqas Riaz has been delegated the additional charge of Forests, Wildlife & Fisheries Department. Caretaker Provincial for Home Shaukat Mehmood has been handed over additional charge of Sports and Public Prosecution Departments. Caretaker Provincial Minister Ch. Faisal Mushtaq has been given the portfolio of Human Rights & Minority Affairs, Population Welfare Department, Social Welfare Department and Baitul Maal. Whereas, Higher Education, Schools Education, Special Education, Literacy & Non-Formal and Basic Education departments will remain with the Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari held an important meeting with Chief Secretary Akbar Durani and IG Police Kalim Imam at Chief Minister’s Office, here today. Secretary to CM was also present.
Talking on the occasion, Dr. Askari said that holding of transparent elections will be ensured at every cost and voters will be provided a peaceful environment to express their right of franchise. According to the directions of Election Commission and in line with relevant rules and regulations, best arrangements are being made for the upcoming elections, he added. He said that administration and police will play a neutral role in Punjab and all the political parties will be provided equal opportunities in general elections. The caretaker government will perform the election duty in the best manner. The Chief Minister directed that police and administration should ensure to discharge government affairs in the professional manner and pressure or interference of any sort should not be tolerated. He said that impartiality of administration and police will be the conspicuous proof of their best performance. Holding of elections is a national obligation and every official of police and administration will have to play its role in this regard, concluded the Chief Minister.