OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE At a high-level meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, approval was given to development projects worth billions of rupees under Large City and District Packages and Southern Punjab Development Programme including mega projects of infrastructure, education, health, sewerage and drainage from which a large number of people will benefit. The meeting which lasted more than four hours, also reviewed in detail implementation of development packages and SPDP during the last year. Addressing the meeting, the CM said all out resources were being utilised for provision of basic amenities to the masses and rapid development of the province, and record development projects were completed during the last three and a half years and special attention was paid to the backward and less-developed areas of the province for bringing them at par with the developed areas. He said that completion of quality development projects on time and in a transparent manner was policy of Punjab government and transparent utilisation of every penny of public money had been ensured. Service to the masses is a form of worship and those officers who have shown outstanding performance in completion of public welfare projects should be fully encouraged and their efficiency should also be highlighted in the annual confidential reports of these officers, he said. A number of projects have been completed in 11 districts of the province under the SPDP and in the remaining districts under Large City and District Packages whereas remaining projects are being completed speedily. Such big projects are being given priority under these packages which can benefit maximum number of people, he said. He directed that development schemes under special packages for Chiniot, Sargodha and Mandi Bahauddin be given final shape at the earliest. On the pattern of Lahore, Parks and Horticulture Authorities should be set up in all big cities for making them beautiful and green. And a comprehensive planning should also be made for construction of parking plazas in big cities for streamlining the flow of traffic, he said. Earlier, Chairman P&D Board Javaid Aslam gave a detailed briefing with regard to implementation of various projects under the SPDP.