It is a matter of quite appreciable record that under the inspiring, untiring and committed leadership of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the Punjab government has set a high on benchmark of integrity, efficiency, transparency and merit in the implementation of numerous development projects across the province. It also in the process also effected huge saving Rs 682 billion of public money. 

The money so saved is almost twice of the size of the annual development programme of the province, and it will now be utilized for launching more development projects in different sectors for the welfare and well-being of the people across the board during the remaining time few months of the constitutional tenure of the provincial government. 

It is also worth mentioning that while effectively saving of public money through transparent, efficient and honest utilization of public funds, the chief minister has not allowed anyone to compromise on quality and high standards. 

Twelve mega projects on which such huge saving of Rs 682 billion has so far been effected include Chiniot Iron Ore Deposits, Energy sector projects, Orange Line Metro Train, land retrieved from illegal occupants, Lahore Waste Management Company, Ring Road ( Southern Loop 1 & 2), Metro Bus Network (Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan), Punjab Safe City, Pakistan Kidney & Live Institute, Self-Employment Scheme, Procurement of quality medicines and solarisation of schools. 

Those having any doubts about saving claims of the provincial government may take the trouble, go and ask for further information and clarification in this regard from the official quarters. Seeing is believing, it is generally said. 

MEEM ZAY RIFAT,  

Lahore, February 5.