OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the scheme of mechanical tandoors is continuing successfully from which thousands of poor and deserving people were benefiting. He said that 279 mechanical tandoors were operational throughout the province and their number would further be increased. He said that not only daal and roti has been provided to the poor and deserving persons on these mechanical tandoors but job opportunities have also been generated through this scheme. He was presiding over a meeting held here on Monday to review the progress of mechanical tandoors scheme. MNA Hanif Abbasi, MPA Kh Imran Nazir, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretaries Agriculture, Industries, Planning and Development, Special Secretary Finance, DCO Lahore and Dr Amjad Saqib attended the meeting. Director General Sasti Roti Authority informed about the progress of mechanical tandoors scheme. Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that price-hike has made the life of the masses miserable and provision of relief to the poor and deserving persons was utmost essential. He said that mechanical tandoors should be installed in katchi abadies, poor localities, bus stands, railways stations and other such places where maximum number of poor and deserving people could benefit. The meeting was told that daal roti and vegetable was being provided at Rs.15/- on 133 mechanical tandoors and such tandoors have also been installed in Daanish schools. DCO Lahore informed that 38 mechanical tandoors and 112 dastarkhawans were operational in the provincial metropolis. The Chief Minister directed DCO to achieve the fixed target of mechanical tandoors in Lahore within a fortnight. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to Childrens Hospital on Monday and inspected dengue counter, dengue clinic and different wards and reviewed facilities being provided to the patients there. The Chief Minister went to every dengue patient and inquired after him. He also gave financial assistance to the attendants of under-treatment deserving and poor children in the hospital. The patients and their attendants prayed for the Chief Minister on provision of best medical facilities. While talking to the attendants of the patients, the Chief Minister said that all possible steps have been taken for the provision of best healthcare facilities to dengue fever patients and thousands of lives have been saved as a result of round the clock efforts of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. He said that visible improvement has been made in controlling dengue and number of patients has also been decreased considerably in the hospitals. The mother of a girl suffering from kidney disease requested the Chief Minister that she could not afford the expenses of treatment upon which the CM directed free treatment of the child. The attendants of the patients while thanking the Chief Minister said that due to these measures, best treatment facilities have become available to the patients in the hospitals, for which they pray for the long life of the CM.