LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that district development committees have been formed to implement the annual development programme (ADP). Presiding over a high level meeting on the annual development funds here on Thursday, the chief minister issued instructions for setting up a cabinet committee to review implementation of ADP on permanent basis.
Shahbaz further directed chief secretary to hold meetings twice a month to review implementation of ADP and said that he would also review it on monthly basis. He directed that immediate measures be taken for increasing revenue so that additional funds could be available for development schemes.
Shahbaz said the government had evolved the biggest annual development programme (ADP) in the history of the province for the current fiscal year and record funds of Rs. 345 billion had been allocated for development projects. He said huge resources of 119 billion rupees had been earmarked for the development of various districts of South Punjab. He said hard work and professionalism was needed for the achievement of the targets of the ADP .
The chief minister said that three districts and officers of three departments showing outstanding performance regarding utilization of the development budget for the last fiscal year would be encouraged and also awarded commendatory certificates while those showing poor performance would be held accountable. He directed that a comprehensive system be evolved through information technology regarding the issuance of development funds and their utilization. He said that the policy of third-party audit of development projects be strictly implemented and, in case of failure, action would be taken against the concerned authorities.