FAISALABAD - Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmud on Wednesday stressed the need for timely completion of development projects and transparent utilisation of funds.

He was presiding over a meeting here at the Commissioner Office during his visit to review the pace of work at the development projects, collection of government dues and implementation of other policies and programmes initiated by the provincial government.

Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain briefed the chief secretary about the ongoing development projects in the four districts of Faisalabad Division.. The chief secretary directed the officers of executing department to ensure 100 percent utilisation of available funds and regular monitoring of the pace of construction work and refer the matter to P&D department without any delay in case of requirement of additional funds for completion of the projects.

Expressing his satisfaction over the performance of revenue recoveries, he directed the officers to make the revenue department more vibrant and the recovery work be accelerated especially focusing on recovery of capital value tax, condonation fee and arrears of abyana. He said that all leases should be completed by the end of current month and such leases should immediately be withdrawn in which terms and conditions had been violated by the leasee. The chief secretary appreciated the initiatives being taken by the divisional and district administration to cope with the possible attack of dengue virus and said that awareness campaign would held educate citizens for the elimination of dengue mosquito larva.

He directed that the high dependency units with all necessary medicines and medical equipments in the government hospitals be kept ready for the effective and rapid treatment of dengue patients. He also reviewed the implementation of Ashyana Housing Scheme in the four districts besides provision of Yellow Cabs under the Chief Minister Employment Scheme and progress regarding laptops distribution. Concluding the meeting, the chief secretary appreciated the cleanliness condition in Faisalabad and said he was very delighted to see the beautiful roads having traffic signs, road marking and clean city. Commissioner Tahir Hussain, in his briefing, informed him that after devolution of the revenue department to provinces, the government dues of Rs1.41 billion had been recovered against the target of Rs.3.9 billion and affective strategy had been devised to improve the pace of recovery. He said that 8,116 acres of land worth Rs25.20 billion had been retrieved from the Qabza mafia. The commissioner maintained that 35 development projects were being completed at a cost of Rs.2.29 billion under large city package and MNAs/MPAs grant of Rs1 billion was being spent on various schemes of provision of missing facilities in schools, upgradation of different schools and provision of clean water.

He also gave details of the latest progress of provision of Yellow Cabs to the successful applicant. DCO Naseem Sadiq informed the chief secretary about the beautification plan of Faisalabad City and said that a number of steps had been taken for the renovation of green belts, establishment of roads and removal of encroachments.

He said that 1.1 million survey forms had been distributed to the students of public and private schools in the districts to compile information regarding anti-dengue arrangements in every house of the district.

He said that 300,000 pamphlets had been distributed door-to-door through sanitary staff besides providing 5,500 CDs to transporters, educational institutions, factories and cable networks for communicating the preventive and precautionary measure to fight dengue.

The district coordination officers of Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, Naseem Sadiq, Shahid Niaz, Secretary Literacy Dr Pervaiz Ahmad Khan, member P&D Arif Anwar Baloch, member consolidation Mian Nazir Ahmad, Director Programme Management Unit for Education Dr Farah, ACR Shafqatullah Mushtaq and other officers were also present