Rawalpindi - The government is taking all possible steps to give a bright future to the youth of the country and provision of vehicles to unemployed people is a step in this regard.

The government had also launched Yellow Cabs Scheme in 2011 in which people were provided employment and the bank made 100 per cent recovery from the consumers. These views were expressed by Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar while addressing the ceremony of computerised balloting for providing vehicles to unemployed youth under CM Punjab “Apna Rozgar Scheme” here at Commissioner Officer on Thursday.

On the occasion, balloting of 3,872 vehicles for four districts was held. The minister as chief guest pushed the button for computerised balloting.

The ceremony was also attended by Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Zahid Saeed, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Akhter Umar Hayyat Lalayka, MNA Raja Javed Ikhlas and others.

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that the scheme was prepared impartially while the government would pay the mark-up of Rs 40,000 of each vehicle being given to winners.

While giving the reference of metro bus project in Lahore, he said that the government had launched several projects in transport sector because of which the people were getting best travelling facilities. He said that MBS project would be completed soon in Rawalpindi and Islamabad after which the citizens could travel easily between the twin cities on cheaper fares.

During the balloting, a total of 3,872 vehicles (Bolan and Ravi) were given to the applicants of four districts of Rawalpindi division.

On the other hand, a large number of MNAs and MPAs including Malik Abrar Ahmed and Malik Iftikhar Ahmed boycotted the balloting ceremony and left the event because of pathetic attitude of the minister. They complained that they were neglected and were not given a proper space on the stage occupied by only bureaucracy.

A source told The Nation that MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed left the event in a very angry mood and drove off from Commissioner Office. “To hell with such a ceremony in which the public representatives are being forced to sit on back benches. I curse this ceremony,” the sources quoted Malik Abrar Ahmed as saying.

A female MPA, on request on anonymity, said that this behaviour of top leadership disheartened the MNAs and MPAs and other local leaders. She said that cracks developed among the PML-N Rawalpindi MPs and local leaders. “We will not attend such ceremonies next time as the top leaders ignore us,” she said.

Similarly, the management could not arrange the function properly as all the leaders and chief guest reached the venue very late. Media also boycotted the function for some time protesting over late arrival of guests and administration.