LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, hinting at early conduct of the Local Government polls, on Friday said such a system was being introduced at the grassroots level as would solve the people’s problems at their doorstep and ensure transparency and self-accountability.

Talking to a delegation of DFID led by its new head in Pakistan, Richard Montgomery, at the chief minister’s office, he said the local bodies’ law had been approved by the assembly to devolve powers to the grassroots for which elections would be held soon.

The chief minister informed the delegation of the measures his government had adopted to streamline system of taxation and said tax had been imposed on large houses and a solid strategy adopted for transparent utilisation of funds. He said Pakistan was facing energy crisis and steps were being taken on war footing to arrest the problem.

The CM said the Punjab government was paying special attention to the development of the education sector and promotion of modern knowledge, adding a comprehensive roadmap was being implemented in this regard. He said besides ensuring attendance of teachers in educational institutions, missing facilities were being arranged there. He said Skills Development Programme was continuing successfully in south Punjab and now its scope was being extended to 18 other districts of the province.

Shahbaz Sharif said youths were being imparted training in different skills under Skills Development Programme to make them self-reliant and enable them to play their due role in development of the province. He said health insurance scheme was being launched in the province first time in its history while Punjab Educational Endowment Fund was also an achievement of the Punjab government.

DFID Head Richard Montgomery, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the measures taken by Punjab government for development of the province as well as welfare of the masses.