LAHORE - Shahbaz Sharif has said his government will provide text books and school bags free of cost to 4 million students of the province. This step aims at encouraging the students for an enhanced interest in education, he further said while presiding over a high-level meeting on Thursday, which reviewed steps taken by the government so far for providing facilities to the students.

He said the provincial government would also provide two buses to each college for students and preference will be given to educational institutions for women in this regard. He expressed his satisfaction that laptop scheme has promoted interest of students in research and creative activities and they are paying more attention to acquisition of knowledge.

The chief minister disclosed that distribution of laptops in Lahore will be started from March 23 and about 45,000 laptops will be distributed in the provincial metropolis. He said parents of the students would also be invited in the function of distribution of laptops so that they could also share the joy of their children. He directed that the company providing laptops be motivated to manufacture laptops in Pakistan.

He said free access to internet and computer technology would help Pakistani youth increase their educational and intellectual abilities due to which a confident and bold leadership would become available to the country. The chief minister said that transparency and merit is hallmark of Punjab government and due to transparency in all development projects, the confidence of the people has enhanced in governmental institutions.

Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Members National Assembly Anusha Rehman, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Information and other concerned officers attended the meeting.