LAHORE - Punjab Cabinet has conditionally approved Women Protection Bill 2015 and Punjab Labour Policy.

During a meeting on Saturday, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed the cabinet committee to review the women protection bill within seven days and resubmit final draft in next meeting.

Provincial ministers, CM’s advisers and special assistants, chief secretary, secretaries and IGP attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the CM was told that through successful negotiations with Chinese companies, Rs 100 billion have been saved in the budget of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project.

Expressing the hope that 350 megawatt solar energy will be added to national grid by December 2015, the chief minister said that work is being carried out speedily on solar project of 900 megawatt in Bahawalpur. Moreover, he added, 550 megawatt solar energy will be produced by September 2016.

“Bahawalpur transmission line is also being upgraded in this regard so that the supply system of electricity could be harmonized with electricity production,” the CM informed the cabinet members.

Shahbaz Sharif, on the occasion, viewed China as a sincere, trustworthy and true friend of Pakistan, stating that there is no room for laxity and every responsible must have to put the country on the road to progress and development through hard work.

Mentioning Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme, Shahbaz highlighted its importance for rural economy. He said that the work on widening all the rural roads to 12 feet in Punjab will be completed by 2018, whereas 15 billion rupees have been allocated for this programme during current financial year.

Talking about the security of Chinese citizens, Shahbaz Sharif said that a special protection unit has been set up by Punjab government to ensure law and order.

He further said that the syllabus based on the topics of tolerance, patience, brotherhood, unity and peace is being introduced which will help substantially in eliminating the trends of extremism.

Similarly, essay writing and speech competitions have been arranged as war against terrorism will be fought at every front, he added.