BAHAWALPUR - Punjab Minister for Prisons Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar said that the Punjab govt will initiate four new Ashiana housing schemes with a cost of Rs2 billion for the homeless and poor people.

He claimed that Ashiana Housing Scheme was poor-friendly step by the provincial government which would help resolve the housing problem of the homeless people in province.

The minister stated this while speaking to the residents of Chak 11/BC after listening to their problems here on Tuesday.

Iqbal Channar pointed out that houses being constructed under Ashiana housing Schemes would be equipped with all basic facilities. He said that only deserving people would be allotted plots through a transparent balloting.

He narrated that in the first step low cost quality houses would be constructed in five cities of Punjab which would be later expanded to other districts of the province.

The provincial minister said that Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif had fixed minimum monthly salary of labourer at Rs9,000. He added that 1,296 residential flats were being constructed in Lahore for labourers which would also feature higher secondary schools for the children of the labourers. Similarly, 303 residential houses are constructed in Muzaffargarh for labourers which would be extended in the next financial year.

SCCI wants TDAP CEO from private sector: Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Naeem Anwar Qureshi, in a press statement, demanded that Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Chief Executive Officer should be appointed from the business community and with the consultation of trade bodies.

“The TDAP is playing a vital role in the development of trade and export activities in the country and its performance can remarkably be improved if headed by a person from the private sector,” he suggested.

He said that it had been a longstanding demand all trade bodies that head of TDAP should be chosen from the private sector.