LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced immediate abolishment of parchi system (receipt system) at taxi and rickshaw stands throughout the City.

He was talking to a delegation of rickshaw and taxi drivers and listening to the problems of the people at his Minar-e-Pakistan Tent Office on Sunday. Member Provincial Assembly Rao Kashif, District Coordination Officer and police officers were present on the occasion.

The chief minister said that poor taxi and rickshaw drivers were being exploited and charged more than 10 rupees in the name of parchi system. He said the decision to do away with parchi system would provide relief to taxi and rickshaw drivers. He said that government officers should serve the masses with commitment and dedication and address public complaints on priority basis.

Shahbaz said that the contractors were charging more than the fixed fee of 10 rupees from poor taxi and rickshaw drivers in the name of parchi system which was a grave injustice and issued instructions for immediate abolishment of parchi system throughout the City. Rickshaw and taxi drivers thanked the chief minister for the withdrawal of parchi system and said it would rid them of the highhandedness and exploitation of contractors.

The chief minister directed the DCO to evolve a plan with the consultation of rickshaw drivers for checking noise and smoke-emitting rickshaws causing environmental pollution and ensure its strict implementation. He said that action should be taken against such rickshaws and they should not be allowed to ply on the roads.

A complainant of Faisalabad said that he had a land dispute and his rivals opened fire on him and injured him while the SHO of concerned police station was colluding with his opponents. Shahbaz Sharif inquired from the police officers, present on the occasion, why they did not take timely action when there was an open rivalry between the two parties. He said that had the police taken immediate action the accident could have been averted. He issued orders for suspension of DSP and SHO of the concerned police station for dereliction of duty and directed to submit a report within a week after a thorough inquiry into the incident.  A woman complained that her husband who lived in America started a business here but some persons opened fire on him and he was injured. She said she contacted the police but no help was offered. She said that her husband returned to America in extreme dejection.

She said the same persons who injured her husband also subjected her to torture. The chief minister directed Kasur DPO to probe into the matter and submit him report immediately.