Punjab government initiated mega projects for the development and prosperity of the people and new record was set up by making saving of Rs682 billion in 12 mega development projects by better management and this saving is being used in other public welfare schemes.

In only three projects - Chiniot Iron Ore project, Energy and Orang Line Metro Train - Punjab government saved Rs587 billion. One has to agree that due to integrity, transparency and efficiency this huge saving was possible.

Likewise, land worth of Rs62 billion was retrieved from illegal occupants, Rs11 billion was saved from Lahore Waste Management Company and whereas Rs6.8 billion from Lahore Ring Road (Southern Loop 1& 2), Rs4.6 billion from Metro Bus Network (Lahore, Rawalpindi & Multan), Rs3 billion from Punjab Safe City Project, Rs3.1 billion from Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute (PKLI), Rs2.8 billion from Self Employment Scheme, Rs1.0 billion from procurement of quality medicine and Rs1.0 billion from installing of solar systems at schools were saved.

Rs682 billion saving is managed by better management. Provision of record development budget to South Punjab is also an honour for the PML-N government.

Of course, the transparency, quality and speed are the distinctive features of Punjab government that is why "Punjab Speed" is not only famous in Pakistan but also in the whole world.

Punjab government has many projects to its credit including education, health, agriculture and other sectors whose positive impacts have raised the living standard of the public. Shahbaz Sharif is optimistic that on the basis of performance, PML-N will come into power again with public support in 2018 elections, and expressed his determination to bring Pakistan in the line of 6 developed countries.

According to CM Punjab's statement during a high-level meeting, "Punjab government is fast tracking the execution of public service projects, as timely completion of uplift projects is on its priority list." During the meeting pace of progress in respect of ongoing development projects in the province was reviewed.

He held that public welfare oriented projects initiated by Punjab government are matchless in terms of transparency and standard.

In a recent survey, a large majority of Pakistanis said they were satisfied with the performance of the PML-N led provincial government in Punjab.

According to results of the last Gallup Pakistan survey, 49percent of the respondents from across the country said they were satisfied with the Punjab government. This figure increased even further with Punjab residents, 61 percent of which said they were satisfied with their provincial government's performance. The numbers were backed by results of the Pulse Consultant survey, which showed that 41 percent respondents from across Pakistan and 49 percent from Punjab approve of the performance of the Punjab provincial administration. Of course, it is an acknowledgement by the people about the achievements of the Punjab government in the fields of health, public services and education.

In 2014, CM Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif had inaugurated the 'e-learn Punjab initiative. The basic idea behind the project was to revolutionize education and keep abreast of the latest developments as properly as we imagine it in this day and age. It carries the aim of infusing vibrancy into education by making an online portal interesting so that students and educators derive pleasure in exploring, learning, teaching and testing themselves. 

The e-learn Initiative is spearheaded by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). It envisions training teachers to use engaging video content, simulations and classroom activities.

The objective is to improve learning and teaching outcomes. A number of other mega projects are also there including Metro Bus Service Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi, under completion Orange Train, Punjab Land Record system, Energy Projects, Ring Roads, Solid Waste management companies, Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF), Provision of modern equipment in Hospitals, establishment of State of the Art Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) and various mega projects in south etc., etc.

Last year, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had made a key address to Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. The Chief Minister addressed the forum and termed President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road vision as a splendid initiative to make future of the world beautiful. Shahbaz Sharif was the only leader of any country's province participating in the forum and had the honor to address the forum. Chinese government had especially invited Shahbaz Sharif to take part in this forum and it was an honour not only for Punjab but the whole country that he addressed such a large gathering of distinguished guests, which was greatly appreciated by different world leaders and heads of states. World leaders attending the conference highly appreciated the address of the chief minister and his efforts for working to ensure all round development in Punjab.

The invitation to the chief minister to address this forum was an acknowledgement to his personal and strong endeavors to strengthen Pak-China relations and fast track initiatives to implement CPEC projects by the Chinese government. It would not be an exaggeration to say that CM Shahbaz Sharif's vision has improved the lives of millions in Punjab. It is hoped that after winning 2018 elections, he would take the province and Pakistan to new heights.