Apr 13 - 19, 2009

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz believes in rendering selfless services to the people of the province and the PML-N Punjab Government would evolve practicable schemes, which would have far-reaching effects, for rapid development of the province and prosperity of the masses.

In order to review development projects of Annual Development Programme in Punjab and set priorities for the next year, a high level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore. Quaid Pakistan Muslim League (N) Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif attended the meeting.

Provincial Ministers belonging to PML-N, Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, heads of various provincial departments as well as senior officers were present.

Addressing the meeting, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that serving people is the manifesto of his party and for this, practicable schemes should be evolved for rapid development of the province and prosperity.

He said that pivotal of all development programmes should be provision of basic facilities to the poor and special committees should be formed for setting priorities for this purpose. These committees should submit comprehensive recommendations as early as possible while keeping in view importance of development schemes.

Nawaz Sharif further said that Punjab is the biggest province of the country and has key role in national development. He said that there is a need for ensuring proper utilization of resources for development and prosperity and fixing our priorities in the right direction.

He said that such projects should be evolved for next year's Annual Development Programme with mutual consultation, which could result in better facilities to the masses. He said that private sector should also be encouraged and those projects should be entrusted to private sector on Build Operate and Transfer (BoT) basis.

He said that Planning & Development department should select only those projects under Annual Development Programme, which are extremely necessary. He said that we would have to formulate our policies in accordance with the demands of the present age and increase our resources so that revolutionary measures could be taken for the uplift of the masses while remaining within our means.

He said that special committees should be constituted comprising elected representatives, experts, and officers of concerned departments which should formulate recommendations in the light of ground realities and available resources.

Nawaz Sharif further said that there is a need for collective efforts with a spirit of national service for the development of the country. He said that Pakistan Muslim League would leave no stone unturned for the development and progress of the country and would come up to the expectations of the masses. He said that there is a need for provision of justice to the common man and elimination of unemployment and for this purpose subordinate judiciary would have to be strengthened so that prompt justice could be available to the common man without any discrimination.

He said that improvement of the performance of police is necessary for coping with the challenges and provision of security to the people and for this purpose special attention should be paid to the training of police force and equipping it with modern weapons.

Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif informed that a comprehensive strategy had been adopted for the welfare of the common man and rapid development of the province and special attention was being paid to the uplift of education, health, infrastructure, water supply and sewerage schemes as well as other sectors.

He said that a number of development projects were being implemented expeditiously. He said that computer labs were being set up in more than 4000 schools of the province while Danish Schools were also being established where all necessary facilities would be available and priority would be given to rural and backward areas for setting up of these schools.

He said that Punjab Education Endowment Fund had been set up with a sum of Rs.2 billion in the province. The fund will help talented students overcome financial problems and continue their educational activities in local institutions as well as abroad.

He said that special attention had also been paid to the provision of health facilities to the people and a comprehensive health policy had been formulated for this purpose. He said that teaching hospitals were being given autonomous status and third-party audit system had been introduced for monitoring the performance of hospitals.

He said that TEVTA had been activated for imparting technical education to the youth. He also directed to fill the vacancies in TEVTA. He expressed his concern over limited funds for the Annual Development Programme for the next year and said that proper planning should be made to cope with the difficult times ahead.

Earlier, Chairman Planning & Development and heads of concerned departments gave details of Annual Development Programme while Members of National & Provincial Assemblies submitted their proposals for provision of better facilities to the masses.