LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the concerned departments to ensure effective implementation of the steps taken for elimination of terrorism under National Action Plan (NAP).

Addressed a high level meeting at Civil Secretariat through video link to review implementation of the NAP on Tuesday, the chief minister directed the authorities for strictly implementing ban on the distribution and publication of literature based on religious hatred.

He said immediate steps should also be taken for including the golden Islamic principles like harmony, tolerance, brotherhood and peace in the educational syllabus. He said that dramas, tableaus and competitions of essay writing should be held on such topics in educational institutions.

Shahbaz Sharif said that necessary steps should be taken for restarting NCC programme in educational institutions. He said that regular monitoring of security arrangements should be continued in schools, colleges, universities and medical colleges. He said that monitoring of foolproof security arrangements should also be conducted in social security hospitals and educational institutions.

The chief minister directed Provincial Minister for Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar to personally review security arrangements in social security institutions. He said that Cabinet Committee on Law & Order should regularly review the steps taken under National Action Plan and ensure their implementation.

Also, Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of price control committee through video link at Civil Secretariat which reviewed steps taken for providing relief to the people through reduction in transport fares and in the prices of essential items in the wake of decrease in the prices of petroleum products.

The chief minister while addressing the meeting of Price control Committee asked it to take every measure for directly transferring the benefit of record decrease in the prices of petroleum products to the masses.

Shahbaz Sharif said that he wants genuine results. He said that according to estimate the economy of the province would receive a benefit of more than Rs 400 billion annually as a result of record decrease in the prices of petroleum products. He said that all out measures would be taken for transferring this benefit to the common man in the real sense.

The chief minister said that it was a big opportunity for providing relief to the people and practicable measures should be taken for implementation of the programme evolved for reducing the prices of daily use items in the interest of the citizens. He said that no negligence or laxity would be tolerated in providing relief to the common man.

He said that effective measures should be taken for reducing transport fares and stern action be taken against elements involved in overcharging. The meeting decided to undertake legislation for enhancing punishment for overcharging of transport fares.

The chief minister expressed his extreme displeasure over laxity shown over some issues and failure to take proper steps and lamented that some departments have still not become fully active to provide relief to the common man. He said that this attitude would not be tolerated.

Shahbaz Sharif set up a committee headed by the chief secretary and directed that it should consider measures for building in house capacity and submit recommendations within seven days. He also issued instructions for constitution of a committee with regard to looking into impact of decrease in petroleum prices over provincial economy.