LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of prompt justice to the people is the top priority of the government as no society can flourish without a fair system of justice. The CM stated this during a meeting with office-bearers of the LHCBA led by its President Mian Abdul Qadus at the Chief Ministers Secretariat, here Monday. MNA Naseer Bhutta, Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan and Secretaries for Housing and Law departments were also present on the occasion. The CM said lawyers are in the forefront in the dispensation of justice to the people and it is the duty of the government to fulfill their basic needs in this regard. He agreed in principle with the proposals of Lahore High Court Bar President for establishing a housing scheme for bar members, free medical facilities, financial support to meet expanses of the Bar and setting up IT labs. He said that the committee, headed by Provincial Law Minister, should review the proposals in consultation with the office-bearers of the Bar and present its recommendations within seven days which will be speedily implemented. He directed that immediate measures should be taken for the expansion of LHCBA Hall. The CM said the struggle and sacrifices made by lawyers for the supremacy of justice and restoration of judiciary was a golden chapter in the national history. He said the basic aim of providing assistance to Bar Associations and lawyers should be provision of quick and inexpensive justice to the people and the Punjab government would provide all possible assistance to Bar Associations. He agreed that plots should be allotted to those lawyers who did not own a house. He said in the low-cost housing schemes of the Provincial government quota has also been reserved for deserving persons including widows in these schemes. He said that government would provide land for the housing scheme for lawyers and carry out development work. He said that it might not be possible to allot plots to all the members of the Bar, therefore plots will be allotted through balloting in the first phase. He said that there has been a considerable improvement in various sectors including health sector during the last few years, however VVIP culture is still prevalent in government hospitals where the rich are provided immediate facilities while the poor are neglected. He said that government is committed to eliminate VVIP culture. He said that setting up an IT lab in the Bar will also be considered to facilitate lawyers. He said that a committee, headed by the Provincial Law Minister, has already been constituted to review all the proposals in consultation with LHCBA and that will present its recommendations within seven days and in the light of these recommendations, measures will be taken expeditiously to address their problems. The CM said that the nation has to work hard collectively for the development of the country. He said that lawyers should leave no stone unturned to provide justice to the people. Earlier, Bar President Mian Abdul Qadus informed the CM about his demands including establishment of a housing colony, free medical facilities, provision of financial support to meet Bar expenses, provision of computers and extension of Bar Hall. The office-bearers of Bar Executive Committee also included Vice President Mian Shah Abbas, Secretary Babar Murtaza, Secretary Finance Raja Sajjad Haneef and Minhas Khan.