RAHIM YAR KHAN

Punjab Law and Local Bodies Minister Rana Sanaullah has claimed that the Punjab government will hold local bodies elections on December 7 or 14th this year and the government has submitted written assurance to the courts in this regard.

He was talking to mediamen on his arrival along with Punjab Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman to dispatch a convoy of 20 trucks loaded with food items for the people of earthquake hit areas in Balochistan.

Rana Sanaullah asserted that the Punjab Assembly had completed our legislation to this affect and a best Local Bodies Bill had been passed.

He pointed out that in the new local bodies system, the city and village councils would play their role as service centres to mitigate public sufferings.

He said that the Punjab government had established a base camp had established in Rahim Yar Khan channelize relief activity for the victims of earthquake hit areas, adding that 20 truckload with 20,000 food hampers being dispatched to earthquake hit areas and 3,000 food hampers would be sent on daily basis till November 3.

The minister revealed that the Punjab government would establish a modern hospital that will facilitate the people of three districts - Awaran, Panjgore and Kaitch. He said that the Punjab government would also help Baloch brethren in rehabilitation and model villages would be established with the permission of Balochistan government.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that a new survey for the evaluation of property tax would be completed soon and it would be implemented in the next couple months as current tax was being collected according to the survey of 2001.

Later, the provincial ministers seen off 20 trucks to Balochistan.

A prominent businessman of Rahim Yar Khan Rana Ahmad Ali donated Rs one million to the CM Relief Fund for earthquake affected people.

Earlier, the traffic police closed different roads of the city from 1:00pm to 5:00Pm on the arrival of the law minister due to which people could not pick their children from different schools and students faced difficulties.