Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government is determined to remove the darkness spread by Zar Baba 40 Thieves through Ujala Programme. He said the rulers living in mountains of Islamabad a few kilometer away from Rawalpindi, committed dacoity of trillions of rupees in the name of electricity, set records of corruption and did not implement the decisions of judiciary whereas Punjab government did not lose courage and started Ujala programme with a huge sum of Rs. 2.5 billion for brightening the homes. He said that Ujala programme, Daanish school, laptops and internship programme would bring a revolution in the country.
He was addressing distribution ceremony of solar lamps under Ujala programme among talented male and female students of Rawalpindi division at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Barani Agriculture University Rawalpindi today. Special Assistant on Higher Education Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Advisor Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Senators Zafar Ali Shah, Begum Najma Hameed, Members National and Provincial Assemblies Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Shakeel Awan, Malik Abrar, Raja Hanif Advocate, Malik Ghulam Raza, Shehryar Riaz, Zia Ullah Shah, Ch. Iyaz, heads of educational institutions, officers of administration and a large number of male and female students of educational institutions of districts of Rawalpindi division were present on the occasion.
Addressing the function, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that if all resources of Punjab and Pakistan were utilized on education, these were not enough and reiterated that we would put the country and the nation on the road to progress in accordance with the vision of Quaid and Iqbal. He announced that those students, who would get more than 60 percent marks in future, would be given laptops and solar lamps.
He said that due to the hard work of brilliant male and female students, thousands of homes would be brightened and they could continue their study and preparations for examinations easily during load-shedding. He said that solar lamps are being distributed among two lakh intelligent male and female students of the province whereas 17292 solar lamps are being distributed under Ujala programme in Rawalpindi division. As many as 11 thousand solar lamps would be distributed among talented students in Rawalpindi district.
Shahbaz Sharif said that distribution of solar lamps and laptops among students is an acknowledgement of their hard work and abilities which are being given to them purely on merit and in a very transparent manner. The Chief Minister said Zar Baba 40 Thieves pushed the country into darkness whereas we are making it bright. He said that the rulers of Islamabad wasted trillions of rupees of the nation, pushed the country into darkness, ruined economy and created numerous problems. He said that elections will be held soon after dissolution of assemblies and expressed the hope that Zar Baba 40 Thieves would be ousted as a result of elections. He said that such a government would be set up in the country which would put it on the road to progress and prosperity. He said that the people will reject those in the general elections who set records of corruption and bring forward a leadership having passion of public service.
Mentioning his visit to Daanish School Mianwali the Chief Minister said that a student of that school told him that his parents died when he was two years’ of age and when he reached the school going age, he had no resources but he got an opportunity of getting quality education through Daanish School. He said that centers of excellence like Daanish Schools are providing quality education to the poor children of backward areas and these students will play their active role in the development of the country. The Chief Minister distributed solar lamps among talented male and female students.