LAHORE – Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed said on Sunday that projects like Aashiana Housing, Rozgar and Daanish schools would help reduce poverty in the province, besides providing shelter to widows, orphans and low-income people.

“The government has undertaken mega projects that will put the province on the path to progress and prosperity,” he added. Talking to APP, he said the government under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif was committed to serving the masses.

“It is using all available resources. The government for the first time has decided not to accept foreign assistance. Now important projects will be completed with local funding,” Mashhood said.

The deputy speaker said an amount of Rs30.8 billion had been earmarked in the budget for pro-poor schemes during the current fiscal year. He further said Sasta Bazaars were providing edibles to people at subsidised rates in Ramazan.

“No previous government paid due attention to the development of districts of southern Punjab. Consequently, a sense of deprivation prevails in the Seraiki belt. Since inception, the present government is focussing on the development of southern Punjab. For this purpose, Rs80 billion were allocated in the budget,” Mashhood added.