Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the young generation is the future of the nation and Punjab government is spending a huge amount of Rs.47 billion on the welfare projects for the youth to enable them meet the challenges of future. He said that PML-N government is striving for the education and training of the girls and providing them laptops so as to bring them forward in the practical field but it is lamentable that some circles are engaged in efforts for abolishment of the reserved seats for the women in assemblies which tantamount to depriving 52% population of the country of its rights. He said that girls have won three times more laptops than the boys which is a proof of their talent. In view of this, he said, women should be provided more job opportunities in banks, educational institutions and other departments.
He was addressing laptops distribution ceremony among boy and girl students, internship letters to graduates, at Jinnah Stadium Gujranwala today. Veteran Muslim League leader Ghulam Dastagir Khan, assembly members from Gujranwala, Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, Rana Nazir Ahmed Khan, Mahmood Bashir Virk, Saeed Mughal, Ch. Muhammad Iqbal, Khalid Pervaiz Virk, Irfan Bashir Gujjar, Imran Khan Butt, local PML-N leaders and a large number of people were present on the occasion.
Addressing the function, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has taken revolutionary steps for the development of education sector during the last five years which has enabled the youth to utilize their energies and play their role for national progress and development. He said that educational scholarships, internship and laptops are being distributed on merit throughout the province. He said that students are facing serious difficulties due to loadshedding while the patients face agonizing situation in the hospitals due to power outages. He said that distribution of 2.5 lakh solar lamps among students at a cost of four billion rupees will be started during the current month to enable them continue their studies. He said that while the government is providing laptops and other facilities to the youth, it has also set up Punjab Educational Endowment Fund with an amount of Rs.10 billion and as many as 40 thousand poor but talented students are benefitting from this Fund.
The Chief Minister said that the project of training of 50 thousand fresh graduates at various institutions have been started under internship programme with a sum of Rs.4.40 billion throughout the province and a monthly stipend of Rs.10 thousand each will be given to the internees. He said that five thousand students of Gujranwala division have been included in the internship scheme. Shahbaz Sharif said that PML-N government has spent a sum of Rs.38 billion on development schemes in Gujranwala division, out of which, a number of projects have been inaugurated today. He said that out of this huge sum, Rs.11 billion have been utilized on the buildings of Health and Education Departments. He said that Punjab government has set up IT labs in more than four thousand schools. He said that 1.25 lakh laptops were distributed last year among talented boy and girl students while same number of laptops will be given in the second phase of this programme. He said had Zar Baba Forty Thieves not looted national exchequer he would have distributed five lakh laptops annually. He said that the national exchequer had been plundered ruthlessly, frauds of billions of rupees have been committed in fertilizer deals, Punjab Bank has been robbed of large sums while even Hujjaj have not been spared. He said that service to the people is the pivot of the politics of PML-N and it will continue to discharge its responsibilities. He said that tractors and laser levelers are being distributed among the farmers at concessionary rates while billions of rupees are being utilized on the improvement of education sector. He said that every effort will be made to transform the country into an Islamic welfare state as was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He appreciated the services of Commissioner Gujranwala division Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and said that like Lahore, he has also made Gujranwala a city of flowers by decorating Sialkot road.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Sialkot Road, newly constructed Government Girls Elementary School Fareed Town, City Sports Complex, Commissioner Office, Zaib ICU in Trauma Center, Flyover on GT Road and Model Police Station Model Town. At the inauguration of Police Station at Model Town, RPO Gujranwala Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Ameen Veince gave briefing and informed that most modern facilities have been provided at the police station due to which the crime rate has substantially reduced in the area. The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of RPO Gujranwala Muhammad Ameen Veince regarding establishment of model police station and recovery of an abducted girl.