Lahore: Senior Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that the Punjab government has completed public welfare development projects in the minimum time transparently with good governance and has set up a high standard of public service. The Punjab government has taken revolutionary steps in education, health, infrastructure and transport sectors which are unprecedented, he added.
He expressed these views while talking to participants of 14th National Security Workshop of National Defence University, led by Maj. Gen. Ziauddin Najam at 90-Shara-e-Quaid-e-Azam. 68-Member delegation includes Senators, Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, officers of Pakistan Army, Ambassadors, bureaucrats and representatives of civil society. Special Assistants to CM Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Zakia Shahnawaz besides Chairman P&D Javed Aslam Secretaries of Energy, Health, Agriculture, Finance and Education departments and other concerned officers also attended this workshop.
Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa told the delegation that the Punjab government is plying air-conditioned buses for provision of modern and quality transport facilities to the masses and has started international standard Metro Bus System Project in the provincial metropolis which is at the final stages of its completion. He said that this project would be completed from Gajumta to Shahdara at a cost Rs.29.8 billion. He said that indoor and outdoor patients are being provided free of cost medicines while the government has also set up five medical colleges in a short period of four and a half years besides approval has also been granted for construction of Thal Medical College in Bhakkar.
Similarly, institutes of cardiology have been set up in Rawalpindi and Wazirabad while 450-bed hospital in Bahawalpur and a 200-bed hospital in Shahdra have also been set up, he added. Senior Advisor told that comprehensive steps have been taken for promotion of education which include setting up of Daanish schools, Endowment Fund at with an amount of Rs.10 billion, distribution of laptops to talented students and sending position holder students on study tour to renowned universities in Europe. He further told that for promotion of information technology, an IT university at Arfa Kareem IT Tower has been set up. Similarly, IT labs have also been set up in 4286 high schools at a cost of Rs.five billion. He said that land record has been computerized which will rid the masses of blackmailing of patwaris. He said that low cost housing scheme, Aashiyana, has been started for provision of homes to poor people. Zulfiqar Ali Khosa told that Rs.10 billion have been allocated for energy sector in the province.
Sardar Zufliqar Ali Khosa told that the Punjab government has evolved a comprehensive strategy to curb the crimes and the police officers and officials have been trained on modern lines with the cooperation of Turkey. Similarly 100 model police stations have been set up in the province and ten CCTV cameras have been installed to monitor the performance of these model police stations, he added. He said that cyber crime units have also been set up at district level besides restoring the system of ‘thekri pehra’.
Head of delegation, Maj Gen. Ziaudding Najam thanked the Punjab government. Senior Advisor to CM and head of the delegation gave shields to each other.