Rs 189 billion allocated for uplift of South Punjab: ACS

BAHAWALPUR – South Punjab Additional Chief Secretary Captain (R) Saqib Zafar has said that the Punjab government has allocated a separate budget of Rs189 billion for development projects in the recent budget which is 35 per cent of the total development budget of the province.

He said that Punjab Chief Minister while fulfilling his promise had given the gift of special budget for the development of the region which could not be shifted in any case and all the budget would be spent only in South Punjab. He expressed these views while addressing a high level meeting held at Bahawalpur Secretariat here. The meeting was attended by secretaries of South Punjab and heads of various departments. The meeting reviewed in detail the development schemes after the recent budget. 

Additional Secretary Coordination South Punjab Rizwan Qadeer was also present on the occasion. Addressing the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab Captain (r) Saqib Zafar said that the budget allocated for South Punjab included 2,491 development schemes which would be completed in the current financial year in any case.  

After the budget, the South Punjab Secretariat has got full financial powers. Now the journey of development will be taken further so that the people of this region can be given real relief. Captain (R) Saqib Zafar said that secretaries of all the departments should formulate a development plan and keep the secretariat informed of their progress on a monthly basis.

He further said that all the departments should focus on improving the infrastructure and service delivery to improve their performance.  He said that all the departments of South Punjab Secretariat should compile newsletters on their performance so that their performance could be better communicated to the people. On this occasion, secretaries of various departments also gave detailed briefings regarding development projects.

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