LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that half population of the country comprises women and protection of their rights is responsibility of the state.

He was addressing a meeting at Committee Room of Civil Secretariat through video link, on Monday. Salman Sufi of Special Monitoring Unit gave a briefing with regard to reforms in motor vehicles system and eradication of violence against women.

The chief minister said that the Punjab government was taking solid steps for protecting rights of women. He said that violence against women was a heinous crime which must be checked. He said that special centers would be set up for immediate assistance of women subjected to violence. He said that these special centers would prove to be helpful in providing justice to the victim women.

Shahbaz Sharif gave approval to the first phase of steps regarding reforms in motor vehicles system. The meeting decided to change the payment system of token tax and introducing dealers’ vehicles registration system (DVR System) for registration of new vehicles and motorcycles.

The chief minister said that under dealers’ vehicles registration system, registration and number plate would be issued from dealer. He said that a vigilance cell would be set up in Excise & Taxation Department. He said that the program of introducing reforms in motor vehicles system would prove to be of far-reaching results.

“Modern technology will be helpful in improving the system. With the change of token tax system, special stickers will be issued to the vehicles on payment of token tax. Facility of ATM and online will be provided for payment of token tax. Ownership number plate will be issued to the owner of the vehicle. Number plate will also be changed on the change of ownership of the vehicle,” the CM held.

The chief minister said that necessary amendments would be made in the law regarding reforms in motor vehicles system. He directed to constitute a committee for implementation on the steps of first phase of reforms and said that final recommendations should be submitted within 14 days for introducing reforms in the second phase.