LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced laptops for the PhD teachers of the government universities, colleges and schools. Presiding over a meeting to review various programmes launched for the welfare and betterment of the youth, on Monday, the chief minister said teachers played a vital role in the society; therefore, inclusion of PhD teachers in the laptop scheme would enhance their capacity.The chief minister said spending of resources on the youth to enable them acquire modern education was a beneficial investment and would yield positive results.“The Punjab government has devise a strategy for the provision of modern education to the youth and 1.25 lakh laptops were distributed among the talented students across the province last year, while during the ongoing year more than one lakh laptops are being distributed,” the chief minister held. Shahbaz Sharif said the youth was a ray of hope for future of the country; therefore, the Punjab government had launched revolutionary programmes worth billions of rupees for their betterment and welfare which were being implemented in a transparent manner. The chief minister said the country could be made self-sufficient in the agriculture sector by promoting agri economy on solid and sustainable foundations, and for this reason the Punjab government had launched a scheme to provide tractors to the young farmers at subsidised rates. Shahbaz Sharif said in the green tractors scheme more quota for South Punjab districts had been earmarked in relation to population. He expressed satisfaction that more than 9,000 tractors had been distributed among farmers while 48 tractors had been allocated for the young farmers belonging to tribal areas of Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Special Advisor Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, MNA Saira Afzal Tarar, Chairman P&D and secretaries of concerning departments, besides Dr Amjad Saqib of Akhuwat organization also attended the meeting. The chief minister was given a detailed briefing on progress made on the porogrammes initiated for the youth.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 01-Jan-2013 here.