FROM KHALID BUTT, Bureau Chief, Lahore.
July 10 - July 16, 2006

Millat Tractors Limited set a new record of highest ever annual production by delivering 24000th tractor on 30th June, 2006 beating its own record of over 22,000 tractors achieved in 2004-05.

The key of the tractor was handed over to a farmer by Mr. Sikandar Mustafa Khan, Chairman, Millat Group of Companies and Mr. L. K. Hashmi, CEO, MTL in a ceremony held in the Company premises.

On this occasion, Mr. Sikandar said that it was an outcome of Company's commitment to support Govt. for its program to enhance farm productivity and accelerate the pace of farm mechanization in the country.

He further informed that the company is fully geared up to produce more than 30,000 tractors during the FY 2006-07 and tractor production on double shift basis has already been started. This has created additional job opportunities in hundreds thus MTL is contributing its due role in national economy with full responsibility.

He briefed that no compromise is being made on quality and that Millat produced Massey Ferguson tractors are fully supported by the Company through its countrywide Dealers' Network equipped with skillful manpower, adequate availability of spare parts and 'State Of the Art' repair facilities. At the end, he thanked all customers for reposing confidence in Millat produced Massey Ferguson tractors and congratulated the Company workers for achieving this record.


The 29th meeting of the Punjab Vocational Training Council held here on Thursday at its Head Office under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sikandar Mustafa Khan approved annual budget of 2006-2007.

The Council gave approval to the PVTC budget of Rs. 548.24 million. This includes a Rs. 465.57 million allocation for 137 VTI's and Rs. 82.67 Million for its Head Office and
Area Offices.

PVTC Council also gave approval for the establishment a new Staff & Teachers Training Institute to be located in the premises of the Green Town VTI Complex at Lahore. The proposed institute aims to bring about distinct improvement in the training of its 2000 staff members that includes 180 Principles, 180 Inspectors, 730 Lab Assistants, 180 Admin/ Account Officers and 180 Admission & Placement Officers. A sum of Rs. 28.65 million was allocated for the current year out of the government grant of Rs. 40 million sanctioned by Govt. of Punjab.

The Council was informed that Zakat authorities at the respective district level have released Rs. 282.2 million as the second instalment of the Ministry of Religions Affairs (MORA) stipends to the Mustahkeen-e-Zakat numbering more than 20000. The Council was appreciative of the collaboration of PVTC with International Youth Foundation for improvement of curriculum, teachers training and infrastructure facilities. In this regard approximately Rs. 9 million has been allocated by International Youth Foundation from the EEA (Education Employment Alliance). Programme of US Aid. Other than that Microsoft Corporation of United States has also earmarked $100,000/- US Dollars for upgrading of IT programmes being implemented in the VTI network of PVTC in the Punjab province.

The Council appreciated the efforts of PVTC management in imparting demand driven training to the Mustahqeen-e-Zakat right at their doorsteps in 137 VTI's in the far flung areas of Punjab especially some backward parts of Southern Punjab.

The Council members also appreciated the role of government for providing support and guidance and especially thanked the P&D (Planning & Development) the Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs, Chairman and members of Provincial Zakat Council for their most valuable support to PVTC.


Punjab Vocational Training Council is shortly introducing a pilot project to start capital intensive trades in three of its Vocational Training Institutes in the provincial network.

The respective boards of management have given a green signal for this significant technological upgradation for the new trades in the VTI's which are located in Lahore, Bilayanwala Khooh and Jaranwala.

A spokesman of PVTC said that CNC (computerized numeric controlled) machines are to be added to the Manual Lathe Machine for the Machinists Course of the VTI Green Town the oldest and the largest Institute of PVTC.

A Satellite VTI of the Green Town located at Bilayanwala near Lahore is to launch an advanced tractor mechanics course for which necessary equipment is being acquired.

VTI Jaranwala near Faisalabad is developing Textile Weaving Lab for the textile weaving trade within its own premises. The VTI has been collaborating with a reputable textile group for the practical training in the past. It has now entered into arrangements with Be Be Jan Fibres (PVT) Ltd, for its practical training and is acquiring equipment like 'Under Pick Loom with Shuttle having width of 56 inches' for installation in the VTI for inhouse training facilities.

All the above technological advancements are part of the expansion and growth plan of PVTC, set up by the Punjab Government as part of its Poverty Alleviation Programme. The programme has been fully supported by the Punjab Zakat Council and its Chairman, Justice (Rtd) Haji Muhammad Akram Bitto through its MORA stipends for the trainees consisting of mustahkeen-e-zakat, the PVTC spokesman added.