LAHORE - A meeting under Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif Friday decided to launch “Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Dehat Programme.” The meeting also reviewed different matters of local government development package.  The chief minister told the participant in the meeting about the importance of cleanliness.

A handout cited the CM as saying: “The programme will prove an important milestone in bettering rural cleanliness system. Cleanliness of villages s like cities is our responsibility and an elaborate system of cleanliness is being introduced. Enjoying a neat and clean atmosphere is the right of the rural populace and they will be given this right through “Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Dehat Programme.”

He issued directives to officials to work with dedication. He directed that the process of cleanliness be completed in the villages by December. The provincial steering committee will regularly monitor the project. Ministers Manshaullah Butt, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif and senior officials attended the meeting.

Separately talking to his party parliamentarians, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the elements involved in politics of ‘lies and mendacity should act sanely as hindering the development process by them, is no service to the people’.

“The people will reject persons doing negative politics in the election of 2018. We have treated public service as a noble cause as Pakistan is our country and we all have to work collectively to make it even better.

He said the country has been moved forward on road to development after saving it from the troubles. A new example has been set by saving billions of rupees in the development projects. The opponents are at liberty to speak up their minds but we shall not retrieve from the mission of public service. We are fully committed to the national development and every effort has been made to get the country rid of the problems. We are working a full passion for public service and our welfare initiatives are a conspicuous proof of it. We have transparently utilized national resources for the betterment of the people. How the elements who have been involved in land grabbing and waiving off loans worth billions of rupees can make a hue and cry against the corruption. The elements leveling baseless allegations should first peep into their own deeds as the people have fully realized that allegations of the defeated elements are just a pack of lies. The Chief Minister said that the whole politics of the head of a political party is based on falsehood and deceit and he is the founder of the politics of anarchy, falsehood and hypocrisy. The people will never allow the elements trying to impede the development process of the nation to succeed.

Seven schemes approved

The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party Friday approved seven development schemes of various sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 13936.227 million. The schemes were approved in the 31st meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2017-18 presided over the Chairman P&D Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan. Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, all Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned, Assistant Chief P&D Coordination-II Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.

The approved development schemes included: Third Party Evaluation of Literacy Interventions (PC-II) at the cost of Rs. 26.795 million, Introduction of Mobile Health Units Tehsil Level (Outsource) (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 835.889 million, Establishment of Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Rawalpindi (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 4071.919 million, Establishment of Medical Stores for Supply Chain of Medicines

in Punjab at the cost of Rs. 1138.260 million, Dualization of Sialkot-Eminabad Road Upto Dharam Kot length = 37.20 km (Phase-I km  No. 0/0 to 7/20, length = 7.20 km) District Sialkot (Revised) at the  cost of Rs. 1121.174 million, Dualization of Chiniot Faisalabad Road (Phase-I) length = 10km, District Chiniot at the cost of Rs. 3215.570 million and Establishment of Hepatities Clinic and G-I departments in  all tertiary case hospitals in Punjab at the cost of Rs. 3526.620 million.