PTI gives new identity, empowerment to South Punjab: CM Buzdar

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday said that the PTI-led government had given a new identity and empowerment to South Punjab. 

Addressing a ceremony to launch the Kisan Card at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the CM said the Bahawalpur region enjoyed a unique identity and importance and the role of the Bahawalpur State in the establishment of a separate homeland for Muslims would be written in golden words. 

“The Bahawalpurites love Pakistan and IUB stands among the 1000 best universities in the world,” he said. While giving credit to PM Imran Khan for the achievements, Usman Buzdar said the PTI was in the process of fulfilling its promises made with the people and assured that the south Punjab secretariat would be established soon in Bahawalpur. He said the government had allocated a 35 per cent budget for South Punjab while ring-fencing Rs190 billion.  A separate annual development plan has also been devised for the Southern districts, he added. 

He further stated that a decision had been made in principle to fix a 32 per cent quota for South Punjab in provincial employment and the proposal of including Mianwali and Bhakar in this quota was also being reviewed. 

The CM recalled that district development package worth Rs360 billion had been devised to remove deprivations, adding that the Kisan card will help in farmers’ empowerment. 13.55 lakh plus farmers had registered themselves for Kisan Cards to use this facility as an ATM to get agri items. “This will help increase agri produce,” he said, adding that mega projects valuing Rs 300 billion were underway under the agri emergency programme. A sum of Rs45 billion has been given to 70,000 farmers under the e-credit scheme as interest-free loans and 4.40 billion is provided for the procurement of certified seeds and agri machinery at subsidized rates,” he elaborated. He said 9 lakh farmers had been given a subsidy of more than 12 billion for subsidising the production cost and the latest irrigation system had been introduced as well. Moreover, he continued, a subsidy of more than 4 billion had been given for solar system and drip sprinkler systems while introducing crop insurance, for which the provincial government had paid 15 billion as premium. 

The CM said that support prices of cotton, wheat and sugarcane had been fixed at Rs5000, Rs1800 and Rs200 respectively and record production of seven crops had recorded an increase of Rs600 billion in agri economy. 

He welcomed the inauguration of the national cotton breeding institute and intercropping research centre.  He said that the 2.5-megawatt solar power project in IUB will produce 1.7 rupees per unit of electricity. 

He appreciated that the university college of nursing would provide higher education facilities to the nursing students for better employment opportunities. 

He also said that the PTI government would start more development schemes in Bahawalpur, as 36.32 billion were being spent on 187 development schemes in district Bahawalpur. “136 new development schemes will be launched under the district development package with an amount of 12.54 billion, he added. Similarly, the upgradation of the Hakra canal and improvement of the desert branch canal was in progress and 20 inflatable rubber dams project was under consideration to store floodwater.” 

He said 79 roads projects would be completed in the district adding that a 42-km long link road from Bahawalpur N5 to Jhangra East Interchange would be constructed with four billion rupees and Hasilpur-Bahawalpur dual carriageway be completed with five billion rupees. Along with it, a 40-km long Yazman-Bahawalpur road will also be constructed, he added. 52-KM long rural roads are completed under RAP1 and seven schemes of 44-KM long roads will be completed this year under RAP2, the CM further stated. 

The CM said that work on 31 projects of provision and disposal of water was in progress in district Bahawalpur and a water drainage scheme would be completed in the city with 3.87 billion. He said 279 schools would also be upgraded besides starting a non-formal education project for Cholistan. Upgradation of different wards of Bahawal Victoria Hospital would be completed soon and a Gynae complex will be constructed in THQ hospital Yazman besides setting up an emergency block in Khairpur. Gynaecology and dialysis units will be added to Rajgaan rural health centre, he said. Civil Hospital Bahawalpur is named after Nawab Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi, he further said. 


The CM pointed out that the Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is completed by the incumbent government and besides appointing its Vice Chancellor, 260 officials were also recruited to provide the best educational facilities to the students. 2247 students are enrolled in the university and the first badge will pass out in 2024, he added. The CM said industrial estate would be established with an amount of seven billion and coordinated development projects would be launched through 11 departments in the Cholistan. 27694 lots would be allotted to landless locals in Cholistan and the PITB will hold balloting in November to ensure transparent allotments, he added. He said the people of Bahawalpur had a great love for PTI and PM Imran Khan and invited the Prime Minister to visit Bahawalpur again to lay the foundation stone of the South Punjab secretariat. The rules of business of South Punjab secretariat are being formulated and Bahawalpur will be brought at par with other developed cities to fulfill the right of development of people living in the area, concluded the CM.  


Malik Farooq-e-Azam MNA, MPAs namely Ghazeen Abbasi, Asif Majeed, Samiullah Chaudhary, Mian Shafi, Raees Nabeel and others called on Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at the circuit house in Bahawalpur and congratulated him over PTI’s victory in PP-38. 

Talking on the occasion, the CM said negative politics had failed before the agenda of public service and repeated that the government was taking every step to serve the masses. “I have been regularly visiting different cities and towns to resolve public problems on the spot,” he added. The CM said the district development package worth 360 billion would help to resolve public problems as it had been designed in consultation with the parliamentarians. The people will be prosperous due to the policy of composite development and the problems of Bahawalpur will also be resolved, concluded the CM.


Delegations of lawyers, party workers and people from different walks of life met with Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at the circuit house in Bahawalpur and apprised him about their problems. 

The CM assured to resolve public issues adding that the Punjab government was committed to resolving the problems of the legal fraternity. The government was assisting the bar councils by providing necessary financial assistance to them, he maintained. “I have a close association with the legal community as I have been a lawyer myself,” he replied. The CM announced to strengthen the party across the province adding that the workers’ proposals were important for the government as they were the identity and asset of the party. 



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