Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the 37th meeting of the provincial cabinet chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has approved the upgradation of Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health Lahore to University of Child Health. Under the University of Child Health, three schools will be established i.e. School of Postgraduate Nursing, School of Allied Medical Sciences and School of Pediatric. She said that the cabinet approved the amendments and reimplementation of the Punjab Oversees Pakistanis Act 2014. Through this amendment, the number of Commission members has been increased from 23 to 27. It has been decided to increase the scope of District Oversees Pakistanis Commission Committees to Tehsil level. Besides, the commission has been given powers for arbitration. The cabinet committee approved the upgradation of Emerson College Multan, a century old institute of historical importance where more than 7 thousand students are studying, to University, she said. These views were expressed by Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information in media briefing right after the 37th meeting of the provincial cabinet here on Monday. She said that the B.A. and M.A. programs will end in January 2021 consequently; the names and duration of degrees will be changed as per the international standards. The Degree College will be renamed as Associate Degree College and Post Graduate College will be renamed as Graduate College and M.Phil will be done in Post Graduate College. The cabinet decided to formulate rules for the organizations working for welfare of the children, she added.
She said that the Punjab Chief Minister directed the provincial ministers and secretaries of all departments to actively participate in “Shan-e-Rehmat ul Lil Alameen” week celebrations. She informed the media that the Punjab Chief Minister has constituted a committee to review the rules of Local Government Land Use Plan and the committee will soon present its final recommendations. She said that the cabinet approved the proposed draft of Punjab Destitute and Neglected Children Rules 2019 for Registration of Organization Managing Accommodation under Section A-20. She said that under the Punjab Finance Act 2019, besides the agriculture land, the committee decided to include areas located outside the rating areas on both sides of national and provincial highways and motorways into tax net. She said that the cabinet approved the amendments in Punjab Motor Vehicles Transaction Licenses Rules 2015. It was decided in the meeting that the unregistered motorcar dealers who have less than ten years experience will pay double security fee as compared to the registered motorcar dealer whereas the same registration fee will be charged for registered as well as unregistered motorcar dealers who have more than 10 years experience. She said that the cabinet endorsed the decisions taken in 41, 42 and 43 meeting of Standing Cabinet Committee for Finance & Development and decisions taken in 33, 34 and 35 meeting of Standing Cabinet Committee for Legal Affairs. While responding to a question, she said that the victory of PTI in Gilgit Baltistan elections has proved that the public has not only rejected but buried the anti-state narrative of PML-N. Calibri Queen went to Gilgit Baltistan just for photo shoot and returned empty handed. The Marium Safdar’s plan to instigate Bilawal will fail as well. The Silk Route and Gilgit Baltistan are the lifelines for CPEC. The PTI is going to form a government in Gilgit Baltistan with a majority seats. The people of Gilgit Baltistan have rejected the Calibri Queen and Bilawal Zardari and they must accept their defeat.