LAHORE -  Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over the provincial cabinet meeting Monday. The cabinet approved the launch of Safe City Project in Kasur along with its start in Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib Districts.

In the first phase, Kasur Safe City Project will be completed; while the projects in Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib will be started in the second phase.

The meeting also approved the allotment of state land to landless people of Cholistan under Chief Minister’s Cholistan Package. The drafts of Punjab Women Development Policy 2017 and Punjab Animal Health Act 2017 were approved along with approval of the step for declaring negative and positive areas for cement sector in the Punjab.

The meeting also okayed the first mineral policy of Punjab and charter for the establishment of proposed University of Sialkot and University of Narowal.  Similarly, amendments to Punjab Drugs Rules, 2007 were approved . During the meeting, the performance of Punjab Forensic Science Agency DG and his team was commended.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister expressed the satisfaction that Punjab Forensic Science Agency has solved the mystery of cases of Zainab and Asma.

He also congratulated the Punjab Forensic Science Agency and cabinet committee on law and order for making important headways in both the cases.

He said the Punjab government should immediately start Safe City Project in Kasur and the scope of this project will be expanded to Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib.

Time waits for none and therefore, we all will have to perform our duties amicably, he added. He said that state-land will be given to the eligible landless people in Cholistan in the first phase for agricultural purposes and this land will be extendable.

The Chief Minister said that Punjab Women Development Policy, 2017 will be announced on the occasion of International Women’s Day. He said that Punjab government has tirelessly worked in livestock sector and important changes have been introduced through a revolutionary program. He said that Punjab is rich in mineral resources. During the era of past dictator, the then Punjab government tried to make a dacoity on the mineral resources of Chiniot. Our government fought this case for many years and saved the resources from plunder. By the grace of Almighty Allah, the first phase with regard to mineral resources of Chiniot has been successfully completed and work on second phase has been started. He said that no industry, including the cement plants, could be set up in negative area. The area of Salt Mines was devastated by permitting to set up cement plants there. In future, no cement industry could be set up in negative areas. While directing to constitute a committee comprising of experts and concerned departments for setting up industry in the positive area, the Chief Minister said that this committee should present its TORs within next two weeks.

He directed that action be initiated according to the law against the unlawfully extended cement plants. He said that those cement plants who does not comply with the required standards will have to fulfill the criteria. The meeting also appreciated the performance of Secretary Livestock Naseem Sadiq with regard to the promotion of livestock.


CM reviews water project

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting on Khadim-e-Punjab Aab-e-Sehat Project Monday.

The CM expressed satisfaction over the completion of various phases of the project. Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said that filtration plants will be installed at functional water supply schemes in 21 districts of the province. As much as 1,807 water filtration plants will be installed in 1743 villages and this facility will help provide clean drinking water to 8.1 million residents, he added.

The Chief Minister directed to complete the project as soon as possible adding that this project should be completed with minimal cost and ensuring best quality.

He said that this project is a worthwhile effort to provide clean drinking water to the people living in rural areas. No compromise will be made on the quality of work and no one will be allowed to play with the health of the people, concluded the Chief Minister. Chief Secretary, Secretary Housing, Secretary P&D and others attended the meeting.