LAHORE - The provincial cabinet on Monday approved Rs 40 as the fare of the Orange Line Metro Train after the CM rejected a proposal of Rs 50 ticket cost.

The meeting also decided to give temporary powers of registration of new public transport to motor vehicles examiners besides approving the students’ promotion/examination policy, 2020 of the higher education department in the wake of the corona.

Also, issuance of notification of Punjab Seized and Freezed Institutions (Madaris and Schools) Act, 2019 was also approved.

The cabinet approved the introduction of a uniform national educational curriculum. The uniform syllabus will be introduced from class one to five in the first phase in consultation with the federal government.

 Extension in the lease of Jinnah Park management at Adiala Road Rawalpindi was approved besides approval of the appointment of members of Multan Development Authority (MDA) and annual PPSC report for the year 2019. Similarly, amendment in Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010 and approval of the Punjab Drug Amendment Bill, 2020 was also given.

The meeting also accorded approval to build a general hospital in the old food godown building in Multan and the CM directed to examine the possibility of managing this hospital project in public-private partnership mode.

The meeting approved to handover luxury vehicles of different companies and administrative departments to S&GAD pool, while leaving the decision of their possible auction or any subsequent utilisation at some appropriate later on.

It also approved the appointment of unofficial members of governing body of Punjab Employees Social Security Institute, the constitution of the governing body of Punjab Workers Welfare Board and reconstitution of the board of directors of Punjab Social Security Health Management Company along with the approval of annual calendar of 3rd parliamentary year of Punjab Assembly for 2020-21.

The meeting also approved the appointment of the Principal of Kinnaird College and conditionally endorsed the decisions made in the national tourism coordination board. 

It also endorsed the proceedings of 34th Punjab cabinet meeting, decisions made in the 37th, 38th and 39th meetings of the Standing Cabinet Committee for Finance and Development along with the endorsement of decisions made in 28th and 29th meetings of the standing cabinet committee for legislation.

CM MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY 

OF DEMOCRACY

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that continuity of democracy ensures socio-economic development of human beings.

In his message, the CM stated that democracy plays a key role in ensuring equal rights for all. 

Democracy partners people in authority and provides an environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights, he said. 

The CM reiterated the PTI strongly believes in the promotion of democratic values and is working for the strengthening of democratic institutions at the grassroots. 

On the other side, India- the so-called claimant of the world’s biggest democracy, is fast eroding democracy in Occupied Kashmir, he lamented. 

He deplored that India has, even, deprived the oppressed Kashmiris of their democratic rights and, instead of giving any democratic right to the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, the Hindu supremacist Modi regime is committing barbaric crimes against the hapless Kashmiris. 

The international community should take notice of this dictatorial manoeuvring of the Modi regime, concluded the chief minister.