LAHORE The government has decided in principle to launch a low-cost housing scheme for the shelterless people and the project will be formally initiated after its finalisation within a few days. State land would also be distributed among the landless farmers, agri and veterinary graduates in a transparent manner. And for this purpose land has been identified in as many as 21 districts of the province. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stated this during a briefing to the PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif regarding public welfare projects in the province at the CM Secretariat here on Monday. Opposition Leader in National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Members National Assembly Muhammad Mehtab Abbasi, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Ministers, Members Provincial Assembly and senior officers attended the meeting. The Chief Minister said that all-out resources were being utilised on the development projects and their early completion to the benefit of the masses was being ensured in addition to providing them basic amenities. Besides that, he said, the government was paying special attention to the uplift of education, health, agriculture, infrastructure and other sectors. He said that the government was also working on low- cost housing schemes for the poor. He said that various models of such schemes had been reviewed in detail and in the light of these models, the scheme would soon be initiated under public-private partnership. He said that the scheme would be started as pilot project in some districts and later its scope would be extended throughout the province. He said that besides low-cost housing scheme, construction of multi-storey buildings would also be considered. He said that a high-level committee had been set up to finalise details regarding low-cost housing schemes which would submit its report within ten days after keeping in view all aspects of the project. He said that houses would be distributed in the low-cost housing schemes through balloting in a transparent manner. The CM said that besides landless farmers and tenants, the government had also decided to distribute state land among agri graduates which would also help promote modern technology in agri sector for increasing production. He said that such agri graduates who had acquired higher education but lack resources would be given an opportunity through this scheme to earn their livelihood as well as play their role in the uplift of agriculture sector through their knowledge and expertise. He added that this scheme would soon be inaugurated from southern Punjab and cultivatable land had been identified in various districts for this purpose. He said that local people would be given priority under this scheme and more land could be allotted to groups of agri graduates so that they could increase agri production through hard work and the use of modern technology. Shahbaz further said that non-availability of potable water had also become a serious problem and people were suffering from viral diseases due to contaminated water. He said that federal government had evolved a project for installation of water filtration plants in the country and this project had been implemented in other three provinces. He said that Punjab government had done its best to make this project foolproof. He said that federal government has awarded contract for the project while Punjab government had made third-party audit compulsory for the project. Appreciating the welfare projects of the Punjab government, PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif said that the decision of launching low-cost housing scheme for the benefit of shelterless people was a commendable step. He said that in addition to low cost housing schemes, construction of multi-storey buildings in katchi abadis should also be considered for allotment of flats to the shelterless people. He said that shelterless people living in Pakistan for the last 63 years had the right to have proprietary rights of their houses. The participants of the meeting also gave their proposals regarding welfare programmes of the Punjab government.