LAHORE – The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to amend the Punjab Katchi Abadis Act 1992 to grant proprietary rights to the dwellers of these settlements.

It may be mentioned here that the authorities have surveyed as many as 900 Katchi Abadis, which are likely to benefit after the amendment in the Punjab Katchi Abadis.

The Cabinet, which met with Chief Minster Shahbaz in the chair, also approved the amendment bills on the Punjab Service Tribunal Act 1974, Punjab Sugar Factories Control Act 1950 and Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation Act 2004.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to the provision of land, on lease basis, for setting up of a university, named Akhuwat University, in Dera Ghazi Khan and the establishment of Daanish Technical University, with collaboration of Technical University METU of Turkey.

Speaking to the participants, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the elimination of poverty, ignorance and unemployment in the province and exemplary public welfare projects are being implemented successfully for raising the living standard of the masses.

He said that the proprietary rights “will be awarded to the poor dwellers of the Katchi Abadis and the purpose of the proposed amendment in the Punjab Katchi Abadis Act 1992 is to provide relief to the poor.”

He issued instructions for the formation of a committee at provincial level for giving ownership rights to the residents of Katchi Abadis and said that such committees should also be set up at divisional level to implement the programme of awarding proprietary rights to the dwellers of Katchi Abadis set up till December 31, 2011.

Shahbaz Sharif also gave his approval, in principle, to the provision of land on lease for the establishment of the Akhuwat University, under the Akhuwat Organization, and also formed a sub-committee of the Cabinet for submitting its recommendations within seven days. He said the Daanish Technical University would be established with the collaboration of Technical University and its first campus would be set up at the Arfa Karim Software Technology Park in Lahore within a month. “Classes at the university will start soon.”

He said that Daanish Technology University will be run by a trust in which philanthropists will also be included. An endowment fund will also be set up for the university. He said that admission in the university will be made purely on merit and educational opportunities will be provided to the talented children of the poorest families. The meeting also reviewed in detail Punjab Private Educational Institutions Promotion Act 2012.

The Cabinet was informed that Akhuwat University will be set up over 351 kanals of land in Dera Ghazi Khan where faculty of engineering, veterinary sciences, computer sciences, information & communication and management sciences departments will be established. The university will not be operated on commercial basis but will meet the educational needs of the people of South Punjab.