LAHORE - Punjab Chief Secretary Khizar Hayyat Gondal has directed all divisional commissioners to ensure foolproof security arrangements during Muharram.

He was presiding over Commissioners' Conference at Civil Secretariat on Monday. Security for Muharram, local government elections, steps for eradication of dengue and polio, survey of cotton and rice crops and matters relating to education and health sector came under discussion during the conference.

Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said that protection of life and property of people is the top priority of the government. He directed that special measures be taken for security of mosques, imambargahs and other sensitive places.

The chief secretary ordered that implementation of code of conduct for local government elections be ensured. He mentioned that there is a need to work with national spirit to eradicate dengue and polio once and for all. He issued instructions that campaigns against polio and dengue be continued in a vigorous manner and DCOs should personally monitor the activities in this regard.

Those among present were Inspector General of Police Punjab, secretaries of different departments including Home, Education, Local Government, Mines and Services, Chairman PITB, CCPO Lahore, Commissioners and RPOs.