LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said here on Wednesday the government was implementing a comprehensive programme for the speedy development of the Punjab. “Provision of basic amenities to the masses is a step forward to this end,” he said.

Special attention has been paid to infrastructure, education and health. Work has been started on the project of Bus Rapid Transit System,” the chief minister told MPs of various districts who called on him.

They apprised the chief minister of the development activities and the problems the people of their respective areas were facing. Talking to the parliamentarians, Shahbaz said that they should suggest projects which could better the lot of the people.

The Punjab government, said Mr Sharif, paid special attention during the last four years to “meaningful measures aimed at improving education, health and social welfare sectors”. Similarly, he said, the Punjab government had the credit for upholding merit for recruitments in different departments.

The chief minister further told the MPs that his government has promoted transparency and introduced a corruption-free culture in the province. “This was achieved by introducing the policy of third party audit in the execution of development schemes.” Shahbaz Sharif said that projects launched by the Punjab government “is an important step towards transforming Pakistan as had been wished by the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal”.

The assembly members who met the Chief Minister included Ch. Saud Majeed, Malik Mukhtar Ahmad Bharath, Ch. Nadim Abbas Rabera and former Member Parliament Naghma Mushtaq Lung. Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif has announced that laptops would be given to the teachers showing excellent performance for their encouragement and improving the standard of education. He directed that procedure for this purpose should soon be evolved.

He was talking to a delegation of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association led by its president Dr. Zahid Ahmad on Wednesday. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Special Assistant Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, MPA and secretaries of Finance, Law and Higher Education were also present on the occasion. Talking to the delegation, the Chief Minister said that teachers play key role in imparting knowledge and in view of the fact Punjab government is taking solid measures for improving education sector and the affairs of teaching community. Referring to the service structure of the teachers he announced that 10 seats will be allocated for college teachers in Grade 21 out of which five will be for male and five for female teachers. He also gave approval to improving the 4-tier formula regarding promotion of college teachers. He said that solution of genuine problems of teachers is the responsibility of the government, however, teaching community should play its role in imparting knowledge to the young generation. He said that the goal of development of the country can be achieved through promotion of education. He said that the teachers should perform their duties with a sense of commitment and show best results in the field of education so that Pakistan could come out of the quagmire of ignorance and poverty and prove its mettle in the field of science and technology. Agreeing to the proposal of President Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association Dr. Zahid Ahmad he said that in the first phase laptops will be given to the teachers showing outstanding performance in the teachers’ convention.

President Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association Dr. Zahid Ahmad thanked the Chief Minister for accepting the demands of the college teachers and also appreciated the steps taken by him for the improvement of education sector and examination system. Those who met the Chief Minister included Prof. Shahid Chaudhry, Prof. Tanveer Ahmad Shah, Prof. Zahida Shaheen Niazi, Prof. Riaz Mehboob, Dr. Nasir Rana, Prof. Hanif Abbasi, Prof. Amna Minto, Prof. Rizwan-ul-Haq, Prof. Mohyuddin Atif and Prof. Riaz-ul-Haq.