LAHORE - The Punjab government has promoted merit culture in every sector of life and less-privileged students are obtaining positions due to its merit policy, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said yesterday.

“Because of this merit policy, children of labourers and workers are taking lead over those of elite by displaying outstanding performance in educational field,” the CM said while talking to a delegation of youth.

Shehbaz said these talented boys and girls of the nation are bright future of Pakistan and the provincial government’s merit policy of Punjab government has provided them an opportunity to move ahead. “The Punjab government is providing all out resources to enlighten the future of the children of resource-less segments of the society which is a useful investment on the bright future of the country.

“This step of Punjab government is playing an important role in moving the country forward and polishing the talent of the youth,” he added.

The chief minister said that only merit has been made the basis in examination system, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Self-Employment Scheme, Chief Minister’s Chinese Language Scholarship Programme, Shehbaz Sharif Merit Scholarship Programme and other programmes. Due to which, talented boy and girl students of underprivileged families are benefitting from the fruits of their hard work and are leaving behind the children of the elite by taking positions in the examinations, he told the youth delegation.

He said that if merit, honesty and hard work is upheld in every sector of life then no one can stop Pakistan from progressing.

The doors of higher education for talented but resource-less students have been opened through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, the CM said, adding that the volume of this fund has reached Rs17 billion, out of which, scholarships are being given to 150,000 under-privileged students while scholarships will be provided to 50,000 more students.

“It is only due to merit policy that a daughter of the nation living in a tent achieves a prominent position in the examination by obtaining excellent marks due to hard work.”

He further said achievements are obtained only through hard work and determination. Every difficulty can be overcome through hard work, Shehbaz said while sharing his belief that one can have respect in the society only through hard work and destiny of the nation can also be changed through it.

“One should march for promoting education and merit as well as empowering the youth,” he held without pointing out Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf which plans to stage a massive protest at Raiwind – the residence of ruling Sharif family.

Wapda chairman calls on CM

Wapda Chairman Lt Gen (r) Muzammil Hussain met Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday and discussed the pace of progress on hydel energy projects across the province.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM held that the PML-N government was making strenuous efforts for overcoming energy crisis. Besides traditional sources, he said, energy generating projects through alternative sources were being completed speedily for eliminating energy crisis.

“Thousands of megawatt electricity will be added to national grid with the completion of different energy projects by the end of 2017,” he added.

According to the CM, the incumbent government is determined to eliminate energy crisis, provide cheaper and abundant electricity to the masses and overcoming loadshedding.

The Wapda chairman informed the chief minister about the progress on hydel projects.