LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said high quality roads are being constructed in rural areas of the province under “Pakian Sarkan, Saukhay Painday” programme, taking responsibility “to look after these roads”.

He was presiding over a meeting to review progress and implementation of Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme.

Addressing the meeting, the CM said third phase of this programme will be completed by November 30, after which its fourth phase will be launched. “Thousands of kilometers of roads are being constructed at cost of billions of rupees in rural areas of Punjab. People living in villages have benefitted substantially under Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme and due to this revolutionary step of the Punjab government, rural economy is being set on strong foundations,” he added.

Shehbaz hoped the programme will change the life style of rural population and farmers will bring their agri-produce to markets easily and a revolution in rural economy will usher in. “Decision has been made to evolve an effective system of excel load management in view of look after and protection of the roads,” he stated. He also directed tree plantation on both sides of newly constructed roads.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of provincial government.

HEALTH REFORMS

Meanwhile, reviewing proposals regarding implementation of health reforms programme, Shehbaz Sharif said quality treatment facilities is right of every citizen. For this purpose, the Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme, he added.

“Punjab government will ensure latest medical facilities to the people by implementing reforms programme through innovation in healthcare system.”

He said there is no shortage of resources for providing healthcare facilities to the people. “If persons associated with health sector perform their duties efficiently and with sense of responsibility and make correct use of resources, then best medical facilities will become available to the patients,” he added.

Giving approval to Motorbikes Ambulance Service, the CM stressed that reforms programme will have to be forwarded on emergent basis for providing quality medical facilities to the common man.

“Quality health facilities will have to be provided to the patients after benefitting from healthcare system of Turkey,” Shehbaz said, adding that a delegation of experts of Turk Ministry of Health will soon visit Pakistan for improving medical sector.

TRADE TIES

CM SHehbaz Sharif has underscored the need for promoting trade ties between Pakistan and Canada. “Exchange of business delegates between the two countries can go a long way to improve trade and economic cooperation,” he said while talking to a Canadian delegation led by President Canada-Pakistan Business Council Samir Dossal yesterday.

The delegation lauded the Punjab government for its public welfare programmes.

Shehbaz Sharif stressed the need to further promote cooperation in trade and economic sectors. “Trade and economic cooperation will be promoted with the exchange of delegations of business personalities,” he added.

During the meeting, the Canada-Pakistan Business Council invited the chief minister to visit Canada.