LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that PML-N government believes in balanced development and not only in cities but also in villages as well.

He expressed these views while addressing various functions during his visit to Vehari and Burewala, on Wednesday. He said that with the completion of these projects, living standard of the rural people would improve and modern facilities would be available to them.

The chief minister visited Vehari and Burewala for eight hours and inaugurated and laid foundation stone of development projects of billions of rupees. He inaugurated Burewala-Ludden Road constructed at a cost of Rs50 crore at Chungi  No 5, Cardiac Ward costing four crore rupees at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital and 14 kilometer long two lanes road from Burewala to Chichawatni constructed at a cost of more than one billion rupees. Shahbaz Sharif laid foundation stone of Rescue 1122 project which will cost Rs7.20 crore.

Addressing the public gatherings on these occasions, the chief minister said that work on development projects was continuing speedily in the province but those staging sit-ins were creating hindrances in the development process but people would foil this sit-ins conspiracy.

He said that people should beware of it. He said that China has given the historic economic package of $46 billion in which investment of $20 billion is only for energy projects. He said that the change is brought through practical work and not through slogans.

Shahbaz Sharif said that “pakkiyan sarkaan- sokhay painday” programme will bring a revolution in villages. He said everyone knows that in which province change is being made, where solar park is being established and where the biggest hostel is being constructed for female students in Pakistan.

The chief minister said that the biggest 100 mw solar project had been inaugurated in Cholistan deserts. He said that due to sit-ins, this project was delayed temporarily. He said that now people have to face those people staging sit-ins so that they should not have opportunity of creating hindrance in development journey again.

The chief minister visited shrine of renowned saint Hazrat Baba Sher Dewan at Sahuka adjacent Burewala and laid wreath at the mazar. He offered special prayers for the security, peace, stability, development and prosperity of the country.

He inaugurated Sheikh Din Muhammad Welfare Trust Hospital constructed for mental and psychiatric patients. Chairman of the hospital and prominent senior lawyer Muhammad Akram Sheikh was also present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Shahbaz Sharif said that setting up of Sheikh Din Muhammad Welfare Trust Hospital at Sahuka, the land of saint Hazrat Baba Sher Dewan, is in accordance with the teachings of religious saints, upon which, Sheikh Muhammad Akram deserves appreciation. He said that Sheikh Din Muhammad Welfare Trust Hospital is not less than a blessing for mentally retarded people of the area and Punjab government will extend all out cooperation to it.

The chief minister said that at present government is working on four big targets on priority basis which included health, education, provision of clean drinking water and elimination of energy crisis. He said that revolutionary reforms have been introduced by allocating additional budget of billions of rupees in health and education sector and citizens are getting fruit.

Shahbaz Sharif also visited district headquarter hospital Vehari and inaugurated cardiac center at the hospital. He said that district headquarter hospital Vehari will be upgraded at a cost of 63 crore rupees due to which there will be increase of 300 beds. He said that kidney center has been constructed at a cost of eight crore rupees.

Shahbaz Sharif while announcing setting up of blood transfusion center said that this project will cost Rs4.5 crore. While expressing indignation over concerned officers on the occasion, he said why delay was caused in construction work of the hospital due to which construction expenses were increased.

He directed Commissioner Multan Division to look into the matter and submit a report. Addressing the meeting of MNAs, MPAs, administrative and police officers, the Chief Minister announced a grant of 10 crore rupees for reconstruction of police stations in Vehari. He also announced setting up of sub campus of Zakriya University Multan in Vehari and releasing funds of 10 crore rupees for reconstruction of police stations for making Vehari a model district with regard to law & order situation.

He directed DPO Vehari to take immediate steps for eliminating “tout mafia” and bring change in thana culture so that Vehari should be made model district with regard to law & order. He said that police will have to play its due role for maintaining law & order and curbing crimes.

He said that DPOs should hold meetings with member national and provincial assembly on monthly basis and ensure resolution of grievances of people and provision of justice. He said that quality should be given priority in development budget and projects be completed within stipulated period.

Shahbaz Sharif directed DCO Vehari that the pace of construction work at Daanish School being constructed at Tibba Sultanpur should be accelerated so that modern educational facilities should soon be available to the male and female students.

Replying to a question, Shahbaz Sharif said that there can be disagreement to the decision of Election Tribunal with regard to NA-125 but we respect judiciary. He said that clear majority of PML-N in local bodies elections of cantonment boards including Lahore and Rawalpindi is proof of our popularity.