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Punjab Govt to spend one billion to improve graveyards

Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government has taken comprehensive steps to improve the condition of graveyards throughout the province, along with provision of necessary facilities on priority basis. He said an amount of one billion rupees has been earmarked, under which construction of graveyards boundary wall, paved place for Janazgah, improvement of arrangements for water and sanitation and construction of ablution places would be ensured.

The Chief Minister was presiding over a high-level meeting regarding improvement of graveyards in the province. The meeting was attended by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Auqaf Minister Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi. Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Members Assembly Hafiz Mian Muhammad Nauman, Haji Allah Rakha, Chairman P&D, Senior Member Board of Revenue and secretaries of Finance, Law, Local Government and Housing departments.

Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that under the comprehensive plan to improve graveyards condition throughout the province, a substantial amount has been earmarked for every district out of Rs.one billion allocated for it, proportional to population censes. He said that the divisional commissioners been issued orders to implement this scheme, while survey regarding non-available facilities at graveyards has been completed. The Chief Minister directed to improve condition of graveyards on war-footing, and ordered concerned Commissioners and District Coordination Officers to personally monitor work of improvement of graveyards in this regard. He said that suitable arrangements for lights at graveyards should also be ensured. The Chief Minister was given a detailed briefing on improving the condition of graveyards throughout the province.

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