OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Chief MinisterShahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said his and his governments every effort was directed towards the welfare of the masses and progress and prosperity of the province. The all-out resources have been allocated for this purpose, said Shahbaz while talking to Punjab Assembly members belonging to various districts. The Chief Minister said that Pakistan will be made a strong and prosperous country under the leadership of President Pakistan Muslim League-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and transformed into an Islamic welfare state in the real sense in accordance with the ideals of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. He said that the dream of the poor and the common man had been realized by launching Aashiyana Housing Scheme first time in the history of the country and even better civic amenities have been provided in the scheme than are available in the residential societies of the elite. He said that it was not an exaggeration that through this project the poor had taken a lead over the rich. The chief minister said that Pakistan came into being for the purpose of supremacy of justice and law and availability of equal opportunities to every citizen to move ahead. However, he said, despite a lapse of 64 years, the Pakistan of the poor is different from that of the rich. He said that tenures of Pakistan Muslim League-N were marked by public service as it is the cornerstone of its policies. He said that instead of mere slogans for the speedy development of the province and welfare of the masses, practical measures had been taken for the purpose and special attention had been paid to the uplift of backward and less-developed areas. He said that standard, speed and transparency were the essential features of the development projects and every penny of public money was being utilized in a transparent manner. He said that Kalma Flyover and other development project were a proof of this fact. He said that Kalma Flyover had been completed in a record period of 135 days and it was a masterpiece of modern architecture. He said that Kalma Flyover project was an example of hard work, honesty, transparency, commitment and determination and all hurdles in the development of the country could be removed if the same spirit was adopted. He said that scope of Aashiyana Housing Scheme was being extended to the whole province and these schemes would be started for farmers, workers, widows and orphans in 18 other districts of the province this year. He said that government was itself making down payment for the quota allocated for widows, orphans and the families of martyrs in Aashiyana Housing Scheme. He said that solid measures were also being taken for the elimination of unemployment and illiteracy from the province. He said that provision of soft-term loans and Yellow Cab scheme will greatly help the youth to stand on their own feet.