LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the historic relief package of Rs341billion by the PML-N government will bring about the revolution in the agriculture sector.

Appreciating the package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the chief minister stated the package is unprecedented for which credit goes to the PML-N. The package will not only benefit the farmers in a big way but it will also be a milestone towards development of agriculture sector on lasting basis, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif said that the relief package of Rs 341 billion for the resolution of problems of farmers and uplift of agriculture sector will bring about a revolution in agriculture sector. He said that the problems of small farmers will be resolved due to the direct benefit of Rs147 billion.

The chief minister said that PML-N government always protected interests of farmers and would do so in future as well. He said that welfare of farmers, protection of their interests and promotion of agriculture is the top priority of the government and this package is of great importance in this regard in which the interests of small farmers have been given priority.

Shahbaz Sharif said that agriculture sector is the backbone in the progress of national economy. He said that if agriculture will progress then Pakistan will move forward. He said that the package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is quite comprehensive for the prosperity of the farmers and development of agriculture. He said that PML-N government has taken steps on priority basis for resolving the problems of farmers. That is why, Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme is being implemented speedily for the development and promotion of rural economy, he added.

The chief minister said that the work of construction and rehabilitation of rural roads in Punjab would be completed with a huge amount of Rs150 billion during next three years. He said that more than ten percent share has been allocated for the districts of south Punjab under this programme which reflects the policy of balanced development of rural and urban areas.

He said that the revolutionary programme of rehabilitation of construction of rural roads will change the lifestyle of rural people. He said that farmers, labourers, students and the entire population will equally benefit from this programme.

Meanwhile, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College and Commander Central Punjab Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, yesterday. Matters of mutual interests and professional affairs were discussed during the meeting.

Also, Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident of injury of a 35-year old man due to kite string in Islampura and sought a report from the administration and the police. The chief minister directed that the law of ban on kite flying should be implemented strictly and best treatment facilities should be provided to the injured.

Separately, Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the news regarding death of mother and a child during operation at a private hospital in Sheikhupura and sought a report of the incident.

The chief minister directed that the investigation of the incident should be carried out and action be taken against the persons responsible under the law.