District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal has warned Wasa officials that they will be transferred on administrative grounds if they failed to eliminate the complaints made by the residents of Multan within next two weeks. Addressing a meeting of Wasa officials here on Tuesday, he added that the technical studies conducted for the multi-billion Wasa projects were flawed as a result of which the city faced serious sewerage and sanitation problems despite completion of projects. He pointed out that besides technical problems, there existed no mechanism to address complaints made by the public. He warned Wasa officials that the citizens would take to the roads if they failed to resolve their problems. He issued order for appointment of a focal person at Wasa office to deal with public complaints.

PUNJAB KHIDMAT CARD: At least 87000 women from deserving and poor families will receive Punjab Khidmat Card in Multan district. The district administration is learnt to have set up four card distribution centres across the district and each recipient of the card will draw Rs. 500 every month. According to details, as many as 30173 women will get cards in Multan Saddar tehsil, 23940 Multan City, 18191 Shujabad and 14835 Shujabad. The distribution office for the residents of Multan city is set up at the office District Officer Parks and Gardens, Saddar at Old Tehsil, Shujabad and Jalalpur Pirwala in the offices of concerned TMAs. It is learnt that the Assistant Commissioners of each Tehsil have been appointed as focal persons for the concerned tehsils. Government sources said that the recipients of Benazir Income Support Programme will be given the cards in first phase while in next phase more citizens will be taken on board.

MCCI gears up for pre-budget proposals: The Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry(MCCI) has started preparing proposals to be sent to the government for upcoming budget 2014-15 as MCCI’s budget committee convened here on Tuesday. The President of the MCCI Khawaja Muhammad Usman chaired the meeting in which a number of proposals were discussed regarding wealth tax, General sales tax and Income tax and withdrawal of unnecessary SROs which caused a trouble for them. Khawaja Usman said that Government revenue would surely increase if the proposals of chambers are accepted. He said that an effort would be made to give government a set of suggestions that would help turn upcoming budget business friendly in true sense of the word. Khawaja Usman said that the business community understands that the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was utilizing his best abilities to overcome the economic challenges but at the same the private sector considers itself duty-bound to tell the government of hitches to speedy economic recovery. He said that the M has evolved two-pronged strategy to prepare proposals for the upcoming budget.