LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that corruption, nepotism and plundering of national resources have shaken the foundations of the country. He was addressing a meeting regarding promotion of transparency here on Wednesday. The chief minister said that stigma of corruption will have to be removed for the prosperity of the masses and development of the country and all segments of the society will have to play their role for this purpose. He claimed that transparency was the hallmark of the Punjab government and it was implementing a comprehensive policy in this regard. He said that every single penny of the public money was being spent on the development of the province and welfare of the masses in a transparent manner. The CM said that third party audit had been made compulsory for all development projects. He disclosed that Transparency International in its report has admitted that there ws more transparency in Punjab than other provinces of Pakistan. He also directed to constitute a committee headed by Chief Secretary and comprising heads of the departments and experts which will submit its recommendations within next few days regarding promotion of transparency. He said that cabinet committee will review these recommendations after which these will be presented to the cabinet for approval. Giving approval to bringing Urban Unit into company mode, he said that geographic information system was a useful system and the problems of the common man can be resolved by benefiting from modern technology. He said that performance of the departments can be improved through this system and we have to march forward towards this direction speedily. Participants of the meeting also submitted their proposals. Later, Chief Minister also inaugurated the unit of geographical information system and lauded the system equipped with modern technology. Meanwhile, the chief Minister has directed that police should ensure provision of justice to the oppressed and become the symbol of fear for the criminals and play its effective role for rooting out Qabza mafia. He directed the police officers to make patrolling system effective and visit police stations regularly. Chief Minister while taking notice of the incident of throwing of acid on a minor girl by some accused in Manga Mandi, called SP Operation and Investigation of Sadar Division to his office and inquired about the details. Father of the victim Muhammad Javed was also present. Talking on this occasion, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that protection of life and property is the responsibility of police and no negligence will be tolerated in this regard. He said that the culprits involved in this tragic incident will be awarded deterrent punishment under the law and justice will be provided to the affected family at all cost. He said that plastic surgery on the face of the burnt child will also be carried out. Taking serious notice of the complaint of occupation of property in Sadar Division of an expatriate Pakistani in UK, he directed SP Sadar to ensure arrest of the accused within 24 hours. Punjab government has decided to hold essay writing and speech contests among youth in the province for formulating proposals for promoting awareness in the people especially students regarding dengue and eradication of this menace. The students writing the best articles and essays on the topic will be encouraged. This was decided in a meeting of emergency committee presided over by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to review measures for eradication of dengue virus and provision of treatment facilities to dengue patients in hospitals, here today. Elected representatives, Chief Secretary, secretaries of various departments and experts were present. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that solid measures have been taken for controlling dengue virus and besides immediate steps for overcoming this menace and provision of modern treatment facilities to the patients, a long term policy has also been evolved for this purpose. He said that in addition to an effective public awareness campaign regarding dengue special periods and seminars are also being arranged in educational institutions. Issuing instructions for maintenance of hygienic conditions and proper cleanliness arrangements in hotels, restaurants and other eateries, he said that due attention should be paid to it as it concerns human lives. He said that special teams should inspect such places in the province and take stern action against those violating these instructions. He said that training of doctors, nurses especially family physicians and general practitioners regarding dengue is of vital importance and a special training programme is being implemented in this regard. He said that training in the treatment of dengue virus has been made compulsory for family physicians. He said that the process of training of general practitioners will be completed on November 3 and they will be issued certificates which will be checked by special teams at town level. He said that doctors and nurses are being sent to Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia for training in the treatment of dengue virus. He also issued instructions for submitting the data regarding registered homoeopaths and Hakims within three days. Appreciating the Geographic Information System(GIS) of urban unit of Planning & Development Department for collecting data regarding dengue and other necessary information, he directed the Chief Secretary that the scope of this system be extended to the whole province. Describing the report of Chief Ministers Inspection Team regarding the rating of public and private sector hospitals in the treatment of dengue patients as comprehensive, he directed the Chief Secretary to review the report with the consultation of experts and submit his recommendations within next few days. Referring to unsatisfactory cleanliness conditions in certain hospitals, he directed the Chief Secretary to call heads of all major hospitals and ask them to evolve a comprehensive mechanism for improving sanitary conditions. He said that cleanliness arrangements in hospitals can be improved if the heads of hospitals show a sense of responsibility and evolve an effective monitoring system. He issued instructions to extend the scope of Ovi-Traps system for elimination of dengue mosquito to the whole province and appreciated the performance of Naseem Sadiq of Faisalabad Agriculture University in this regard. He directed Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore to make even better cleanliness arrangements on Eid-ul-Azha in Lahore than the previous years so that people should not face any problem. Meanwhile, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the progress on the project of four new medical colleges was reviewed. Member National Assembly Khurram Dastagir, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Health, Secretary Finance and Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences were also present. The Chief Minister directed that approval of PC-I for the buildings of medical colleges in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan be given by November 5 and timeline should also be given for the recruitment of the staff for these colleges. He directed that the process of recruitment should be completed in a very transparent manner and on the basis of merit. Chairman Planning & Development and Secretary Health informed about the details of the projects of medical colleges. Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to General Hospital today. He went to dengue counter, laboratory and different wards and reviewed medical facilities being provided to the patients. He also visited High Dependency Units set up for the treatment of dengue fever patients facing complications in the hospital, inquired after them and prayed for their early recovery. He also gave financial assistance to the deserving and poor patients in the hospital. Taking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that free of cost treatment facilities have been provided to the dengue fever patients in the hospital and High Dependency Units have been established for the patients facing complications. He expressed indignation over presence of only one doctor in the ward and not preparing history files of the patients in the dengue ward of the hospital in a proper manner. The attendants of the patients while thanking the Chief Minister on provision of free treatment facilities to the patients in the hospitals, prayed for his long life. Mubashir Haszsan