LAHORE - Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that the amended draft law of Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (BTA) would be presented in the coming session of Punjab Assembly after getting a go ahead from the Law Department.

Chairing a meeting held on Monday for discussing clauses of amended draft law of Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority, the adviser said that legislation would be carried out for giving exemplary punishment to the blood banks playing with the precious human lives.

Secretary Health Jawad Rafiq Malik, Consultant German Institution GIZ Paul Kohorrt, Secretary BTA Dr Jaffar Saleem, Hematologist Dr Jaweria, Law Officers of Punjab Health Department and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

Kh Salman Rafiq directed convening meeting of technical members of board of BTA on Tuesday (today) for giving a final shape to the proposed draft law. He thanked Consultant German Institution GIZ Paul Kohorrt for providing technical assistance in preparation of draft law.  

Paul Kohorrt said that Dr Aleena would visit Lahore in February to provide training to blood inspectors, hematologists nominated by BTA and focal persons appointed at district level.

CS vows to follow CM’s vision

Punjab Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal has said that Punjab will be put on the road to progress and development by implementing Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s vision of good governance and merit.

He was presiding over a meeting of administrative secretaries, commissioners and district coordination officers at Civil Secretariat on Monday.

“The situation demands that all officers should perform their duties efficiently and necessary measures be adopted for the eradication of terrorism,” the CS added. He stressed upon administrative secretaries to take effective steps for the solution of people’s problems and warned that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.

He directed that administration should facilitate the masses and resolve people’s problems on priority basis. He was given a briefing by the Provincial Secretaries of Home, Health, Revenue, Planning & Development, Higher Education and Industries Department.

The home secretary informed that foolproof security arrangement have been made in the province and in order to control terrorism, old arms licenses will be cancelled and new arms licenses will be issued. Similarly he said that fine on the misuse of sound system is being increased from Rs. 25 thousand to Rs one lakh. He said that security arrangements in all schools were being further improved.

The secretary health told that all out measures have been adopted for coping with polio virus and as this virus become active during the period from January to March therefore best results will be achieved from the polio campaign launched during this period. He further informed that administrations of all districts have played a commendable role in anti-measles campaign.

Secretary Communication and Works told that 10426 km long roads will be repaired and reconstructed in the province under Khadim Punjab Green Road Programme. The meeting was informed that 73619 km long roads will be repaired and reconstructed in various districts in Punjab. The roads will be widened from 10 feet to 12 feet and all roads in the province to be constructed in future will be 12 feet wide.

Revenue Department informed that recovery of revenue will be further increased this year and action will be taken against Patwaris not cooperating the computerization of record. Performance of Patwaris and Tehsildars will be regularly monitored to provide best services to the citizens.