MULTAN-Punjab Governor Malik Rafiq Rajwana has said that local government system is backbone of the society as it plays key role in resolution of problems being faced by the public.

Talking to a delegation of union council chairmen and vice chairmen here at Circuit House on Wednesday, he said that the elected representatives are supposed to be the voice of the people and they should act upon the public service agenda. He stressed upon the local government representatives to play active role for offering relief to the people.

The governor was of the opinion that the elected local government representatives are strength of PML-N and their importance could not be undermined. He said that all public representatives would have to unite at one platform for the development of Multan.

He said that Multan is like a body and if any part of this body was in agony, the entire would body feel the pain. He said that the elected representatives have to come up to the expectations of the masses and discharge their responsibilities in a well manner.

“You have to work under a vision. It is the only way to put this town on path of progress and prosperity,” he asked the local government representatives. He pointed out that the local government representatives need to take steps for improvement in sanitation conditions and sewerage system as well as elimination of encroachments.

The delegates expressed their resolve that they would not disappoint the residents of Multan and all out efforts would be made to solve problem faced by the people of the town.

Earlier, the governor visited High Court Bar Room and met with local lawyers.

Talking to the lawyers on this occasion, he said that rule of law and supremacy of constitution is vital for democracy and national development.

He said that Pakistan movement was led by a lawyer, asking the black coats to act like Quaid-e-Azam for elimination of obstacles in way of dispensation of justice.

Citing examples, he said that the lawyers rendered tremendous sacrifices for rule of law and promotion of democracy.

He stressed upon them to continue their struggle for elimination of tyranny and injustice from the country.

Later on, a delegation of Powerlooms Association called on the Governor and briefed him about the problems being faced by the industry. The Governor assured the delegation that the cottage industry would be given full protection and no one would be allowed to pose threat to their source of earning.

Meanwhile, a delegation of workers of Nishtar Hospital employed on daily wages basis also met with the Governor and demanded confirmation of their services.

TWO NEW DEGREE

PROGRAMMES

The Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture is going to start two new degree and two diploma programmes.

The new degree programmes include BSc. (Hons) Poultry Science and BS. Fisheries and Aqua Culture while the diploma courses two-year Livestock Assistant and one year Poultry Farm Management.

The approval of the courses was given by the Board of Studies of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department which convened here on Wednesday.

The meeting was chaired by Dr Asif Raza, chairman of the department. It was also decided in the board meeting that the department would be upgraded as faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in future.

Mepco serves final notices

The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) issued on Wednesday final payment notices to all public sector defaulters, who owe Mepco over Rs1.13 billion.

The Mepco warned the defaulter departments that their power supply connections would be cut off if they failed to clear their dues till January 29.

Mepco sources disclosed that the ministry of water and power had issued strict directions to all power distribution companies for the recovery of dues and the final notices were also issued in light of the ministry direction. The defaulters include hospitals, educational institutions, Wasa, police and prisons.

According to details, WASA Multan is defaulter of over Rs239 million, Punjab Police over Rs59 million, City district government over Rs193 million, TMA over Rs206 million, Health Department Rs6.2 million, Prisons Rs22 million, Celine zone Rs55 million, PHA Rs14 million, SCARP Rs5 million, Irrigation Rs17 million, Courts Rs11 million, Punjab Highways Rs 4 million, other provincial departments Rs48 million, federal law enforcing departments Rs90 million, Pak Telecom Services Rs16 million, Law Minister Rs5 million, Postal Services Rs1 million, PWD Rs5 million, National Highway Authority Rs1 million, Atomic Energy Commission Rs75 million, Civil Aviation Rs8 million Sui Gas Rs3 million, Cantonment Board Rs11 million and other federal departments Rs10 million.