Lahore:The shrinking allocations for education show that the Pakistani state is unable to serve the people and remind us that the priorities have to be redefined in accordance with the changing times and resultant needs. Provision of quality education to every child and creating an environment where more and more job opportunities are produced is a basic responsibility of any government.
PMLN leader Maryam Nawaz while talking to youth who called her at PMLN party secretariat in Model Town Lahore. The youth delegation included youngsters from various parts of the country, including Mardan, Multan, Sahiwal and Hyderabad.
She said it was a depressing fact that the overall spending on education had been experiencing a constant slashing, despite the fact that Pakistan was bound to reach the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.
“How can we expect building a strong and prosperous Pakistan where our youth will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to remain part of the mainstream economics,” she remarked, while replying to the questions put forward by a female party activist from Hyderabad. On the other hand, situation was quite opposite in other countries of South Asia, she added.
Denying the citizens their basic right to access the modern means of production and discouraging economic change generated social stagnation, Maryam said, as she wondered what kind of state interventions were desired by the so-called progressive people who were making a noise against distribution of laptops and other development projects launched by the Punjab government.
She reminded the callers that the failure of PPP-led ruling alliance in Centre, which shaped and governed the economic policies, had limited the space for the Punjab government, but it still had managed to initiate many pro-people infrastructure-related projects.
Maryam promised victory for PMLN in upcoming general elections and said they would not only enhance social sector budget but also ensure spending on productive ventures after coming into power.