LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif through link on facebook yesterday, listened to the problems of the people and issued orders for their resolution.

Replying to a question of Mian Raheel from Faisalabad, the chief minister said that the Punjab government had raised the amount of Punjab Educational Endowment Fund to Rs 16 billion to provide free of charge quality education to talented but deserving male and female students at prestigious educational institutions.

He said scholarships of Rs 5.6 have been given to the deserving students so far. He said that the number of scholarships will be increased in this educational fund and more than two lakh talented but deserving male and female students will be given scholarships in a year.

The chief minister said that male and female students of other provinces including Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Fata have also been included in this revolutionary programme in the interest of promoting national unity and brotherhood.

Replying to a question of Junaid Aslam from Daska, Shehbaz Sharif said that the teachers have been recruited only on merit throughout the province and 1470 educators were recruited in Sialkot during current year. He said that the verification of educational certificates of the educators after recruitment is a part of policy of recruitment under merit.

In response to the question of Sana Zahoor from Faisalabad, the chief minister said that if connivance of anyone is proved regarding illegal possession of land of Government Primary School, Rahmania, Jhang Road, Faisalabad, strict action will be taken. He said that a high level committee has been constituted for investigation of the matter.

Replying to another question of Muhammad Ali Anjum from Jhelum, Shahbaz Sharif said that he would not allow any excess committed against the people in the name of parking fees at DHQ hospital Jhelum. He said that parking fees will have to be paid only one time during 24 hours in the hospital.

In response to the question of Gulzeb Gul of Sahiwal, Shahbaz Sharif said that the problems of students of Sahiwal College affiliated with Bahauddin Zakariya University will be redressed.